For Domestic Violence
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Domestic violence occurs when an abusive partner causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to an individual with whom they are in a intimate relationship. Domestic violence may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature. While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
If you or someone you know is being abused by a partner or family member, it is important to get help safely. Many victims and survivors of domestic violence find the following helpful:
- Developing a safety plan, which includes setting aside: cash, important documents (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.), a set of keys and a change of clothes, all which can be easily accessed in a crisis situation. To create a personalized safety plan, click here.
- Calling a domestic violence hotline or agency for additional information
- Staying with family or friends
- Knowing important phone numbers to call for help
- Sending children to stay with family or friends
If a victim chooses to leave an abusive relationship, for various reasons, it may take multiple attempts to leave. Providing non-judgmental support is critical.