Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is the use of power and control over another in an intimate relationship, cohabitation, or within the family. Domestic Violence can take many forms including physical abuse, psychological abuse, or emotional abuse. 85% of domestic violence survivors are women. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Abuse often starts subtly and escalates over time. An individual may be experiencing domestic violence if they are in a relationship with someone who:

  • Calls them names, insults them or puts them down
  • Prevents them from going to work or school
  • Stops them from seeing family members or friends
  • Tries to control how they spend their money, where they go, or what they wear
  • Acts jealous or possessive
  • Calls or sends numerous text messages throughout the day, wondering what they’re doing, where they are and/or who they are with
  • Gets angry when using alcohol or drugs
  • Threatens them with violence or a weapon
  • Hits, kicks, slaps, chokes, punches or otherwise hurts them, their children or their pets or threatens to do the same
  • Forces them to have sex or engage in sexual activity against their will
  • Blames them for his or her violent behavior-telling them they deserve it or making the victim feel that it is his/her fault
  • Minimizes the abusive behavior or portrays the violence as mutual or consensual