Domestic Violence

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have been a victim of domestic violence. On average, 20 people are victimized every minute by an intimate partner (, 2016). What is domestic violence (DV)? Simply put, DV is abuse of any kind between intimate partners (spouse, ex-spouses, and those that are dating), or those in a parent-child legal relationship.

Batterers use acts of violence to gain control. These can include:

  • Intimidation
  • Threats of physical harm
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse – degradation (put-downs)
  • Emotional abuse – shame and guilt
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Isolation
  • Stalking
  • Manipulation
  • Excessive jealousy
  • Threats of suicide or homicide
You don’t have to go through this alone. It takes great courage to reach out for help but when you do, healing and safety begin.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.

To learn more about Domestic Violence please visit:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

If you are in immediate danger CALL 911.