Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. If you are a victim of this crime, know that there is help out there for you. Please call 911 immediately, your local safe shelters or The National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Domestic violence is a abusive act against a spouse or partner. Causing bodily harm and even death.
Abuse is not love. It is one person in a relationship having power and control over the other person. Domestic violence takes many forms: physical; emotional; economic; stalking and harassment; and sexual fodder, too.
Physical abuse does not always leave marks or cause permanent damage:
Emotional/psychological abuse is a behavior your partner uses to control you or damage your emotional well-being. It can be verbal or non-verbal:
Economic/financial abuse happens when the abuser makes a victim entirely financially dependent on the abuser, with no power or say in the relationship:
Stalking and harassment can happen between strangers or in relationships, where the abusive partner or ex demands your time even after you make it clear you do not want contact:
For more information, please contact The Center for Family Justice
Domestic Abuse Hotline
Sexual Assault Hotline