Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence also includes any actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person.
If you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, please call our hotline at 866.627.4747 to talk to someone about it or to learn about our domestic violence services.
Domestic Violence Can Be:
Does Your Partner:
- Hurt, injure and/or cause bruising
- Have constant fear of your partner?
- Feel helplessness or emotionless?
- Believe you deserve to be mistreated?
- Feel humiliated?
- Feel embarrassed to disclose to your friends/family?
- Feel your partner blames you for their own abusive behavior?
- Feel your partner’s temper is unpredictable?
- Feel your partner always tries to control you?
If you have experienced any or all of the above you may be in an abusive relationship; please call our hotline at 866.627.4747 to talk to someone about it or click here to learn about our domestic violence services.
Domestic violence often occurs in cycles, with periods of “normal or happy times” followed by increased tension and abuse. The cycle of violence repeats, sometimes over a period of months, sometimes within the same day. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Domestic violence occurs in same-sex relationships, and men can be victims as well.