What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married, living together, separated, or dating. Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment, marital status or social class. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Studies show that 1 in 4 women have experienced or are experiencing some form of abuse.
Warning Signs of Domestic Violence
- Physical Violence
- Emotional abuse
- Destruction of property
- Control & Domination
- Family Violence
- Verbal Abuse
- Sexual Violence
- No or little access to money
I'm being abused. What can I do?
- Be safe. Have a safety plan for you and your family.
- Find support. You don't have to go through this alone.
- Document your abuse -- date, time, incident, threats, injuries, witnesses, etc. This may be helpful if you decide to go to court for a protective order or to seek custody of your children.
- You have choices. Decide what's best for you by talking throught your options with our Domestic Violence Victim Advocate.
- Learn about protective orders.
- If your abuser has been charged with a crime against you, know your rights.
What should I do if I know someone in an abusive relationship?
- Believe her. Be supportive and let her talk about her situation without judgement.
- It's not her fault. Reassure her that she does not deserve the abuse.
- Contact us. We can provide support for you and for her.