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Domestic Violence

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 are a survivor. 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.


The Women's Coalition of St. Croix
P.O. Box 222734
Christiansted, VI 00822-2734

Telephone: (340) 773-9272
Facsimile: (340) 773-9062

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