Domestic Violence is abuse that happens between members of the same family or persons involved in a close relationship in the past or present, including married or unmarried couples, parents/guardians and children of any age.
The majority of victims are women.
There are a number of different types of domestic violence. Below are some of the most common:
- Emotional and Verbal Abuse: threats, name-calling, words that are meant to hurt and/or humiliate
- Physical Abuse: slapping, kicking, shaking, punching, choking, beating
- Sexual Abuse: unwanted touching; forcing an adult or child to engage in sexual acts against his or her will. This includes rape and/or incest
- Property or Economic Abuse: destroying or stealing a person’s belongings, forcing an adult to become economically dependent for his/her basic needs or by controlling his/her money
You have the right:
- not to be abused
- to freedom from fear and abuse
- to request and expect assistance from police or social service agencies
- to share your feelings and not to be isolated from others
- to privacy
- to legal prosecution for your abuser
There is NO EXCUSE for domestic violence!
If you are in immediate danger, contact 911. Contact us for 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling and other services.