Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse (also called domestic violence) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate or romantic relationship. Domestic violence is seen amongst all people regardless of race, age or sexual orientation. Domestic abuse includes behaviors that physically harm and arouse fear. It may include the use of physical or sexual violence, threats and intimidation and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can happen within a marriage, with people who are dating or with those who are living together. Seeking the help of a professional can help those in DV situations develop a safety plan that is personalized and practical. This can be done whether they have left the abusive partner or not. Safety planning involves how to cope, tell loved ones, take legal actions and more.

Local Experts in Domestic Abuse