What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence or intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors that may include, but are not limited to:

• physical assaults

• verbal abuse

• economic abuse

• emotional abuse

• sexual abuse

• harassment

• threat or harm

These behaviors are used by one individual to exert power or control over another individual in the context of a family or intimate relationship. This includes relationships such as dating between people who do not live together, parent/child (child or elder abuse/neglect) and persons in same-sex relationships. Overwhelmingly, intimate partner violence is perpetrated by men against women, but studies show that men are victims too.

Are You a Victim?

 How Is Your Relationship?  Does your partner:

    V erbally insult, demean or threaten you?

    I solate you from friends, family or other people? Do they 

          become excessively jealous, possessive and/or angry in 

          attempt to control you?

    O rganize schedules to follow or harass you?

    L imit your mobility, access to money and other  

         resources or track your social media?

    E xplode into a rage and abusive behaviors without 

         using or after using drugs and/or alcohol?

      N egate your words, abilities, ideas and actions?

    C hoke, punch, slap, kick, pull hair, bite, throw                  things, abuse or damage your personal  

          belongings or force you to have sex?

    E xcuse each attack and promise to stop?

If you answered "yes" to some of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

However, you are not alone. Whether you need information, support, or a safe place to stay, there are people who can help.