A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR USED BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN POWER AND CONTROL OVER THEIR INTIMATE PARTNER.
The behavior includes abusive tactics, threats and actions that may or may not rise to the level of criminal behavior. The tactics may include physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It looks different in every relationship and no one experiences it in the same way. Although it may look different, there is always an underlying theme of control. When one person tries to control their intimate partner, that isn’t love, it’s abuse.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by an individual to establish and maintain power and control over their intimate partner. The behavior includes abusive tactics, threats and actions that may or may not rise to the level of criminal behavior. The tactics may include physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE
Getting help from someone who has experience working within different systems can make things easier for you. An advocate is there to help empower and discuss options, not make decisions for you. You are the expert in your own life and the only one who knows what is right and safe for you.
Domestic violence and sexual assault service providers may offer: 24-hour hotlines, legal advocacy, counseling, emotional support, information and referral services, transitional housing, emergency shelter and assistance with appointments to court or the hospital for a forensic rape exam.
Advocates understand the different systems you may interact with: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Family Court, Social Services, Healthcare and Community Resources.
They offers individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies; We provide primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in the communities we serve.