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Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline advocates are available 24/7/365.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV), dating abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.  | National Domestic Violence Hotline


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Recognizing Abuse

Multiple forms of abuse are usually present at the same time in abusive situations, and it’s essential to understand how these behaviors interact so you know what to look for. When we know what relationship looks like and means, we can then take steps to get help for ourselves as well as better support others who are experiencing abuse. | National Domestic Violence Hotline

Is Your Relationship Healthy?


Warning Signs

Typical warning signs of abuse from your partner include:

●Checking your phone, email, or social media accounts without your permission.
● Putting you down frequently, especially in front of others.
● Isolating you from friends or family (physically, financially, or emotionally).
● Extreme jealousy or insecurity.
● Explosive outbursts, temper, or mood swings.
● Any form of physical harm.
● Possessiveness or controlling behavior.
● Pressuring you or forcing you to have sex.


Creating a Safety Plan

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse, preparing to leave an abusive situation, or after you leave. This plan includes vital information tailored to your unique situation and will help you prepare for and respond to different scenarios, including telling your friends and family about your situation, coping with emotions, and various resources suited to your individual circumstances.


Getting Help/Resources

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides a directory of assistance providers and allows users to search and locate resources where they need.

The National Domestic  Violence Hotline

National Dating Abuse Helpline

National Child Abuse Hotline/ChildHelp


National Sexual Assault Hotline

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence


The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence


National Runaway Safeline


Domestic Violence Initiative


National Center for Victims of Crime


National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health


National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline


Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services


The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) provides a comprehensive list of resources to cover a wide variety of needs. The full list can be found on their “Resources” page.

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