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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is "abuse committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship."

Domestic Violence may include the following acts in an attempt to exercise power and authority over another person. The abuse may occur during or after a marital or dating relationship.
> Physical Abuse
> Verbal Abuse
> Abusing Trust
> Sexual Abuse
> Emotional Abuse
> Psychological Abuse
* Coercion
* Harassment
* Economic Control
* Threats and Intimidation
* Destruction of Property
* Isolation

. Does your husband/boyfriend have an explosive temper?
. Does he call you demeaning names; accuse you of cheating on him?
. Isolate you from your family and friends?
. Does he hit, slap, or punch you? Threaten you?
. Is he controlling and always has to have his way?
. Controls the Finances?
This isn't love... It's abuse!

Signs that Someone You Know May Be
A Victim of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It crosses cultural, racial, ethnic, economic, gender, and political boundaries. Most victims are women. However, children, teenagers, men, and the elderly are also at risk. Domestic violence can occur anytime and anywhere, and can affect your workplace.

. Uncharacteristic changes in mood or behavior
. Decline in job performance
. Preoccupation/lack of concentration
. Increased tardiness and/or absenteeism
. Bruises or other injuries that are unexplained
. Receives harassing phone calls in the work place
. Appears anxious, frightened, or very cautious
. Makes excuses for the above signs and symptoms that do not make sense

Our Services

. 24-Hour Crisis Assistance

. Support and Counseling

. Court Advocacy /   Accompaniment

. Victim Support Group

. Safe Shelter for Battered   Women

. Treatment Group for   Abusers

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