Domestic violence

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or threatening behavior used by one person against an intimate partner or family member. This behavior is used to gain power and control over the victim.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone

Partners can be married or not married, living together, separated or dating. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any age, income, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Recognize signs of abuse

Abusive partners use many tactics to enforce control and maintain power in a relationship. These can include:

  • physical violence
  • sexual violence
  • threats
  • intimidation
  • emotional abuse
  • economic deprivation

Abuse includes any behaviors that

  • frighten
  • intimidate
  • terrorize
  • manipulate
  • hurt
  • humiliate
  • blame
  • injure or wound someone

Get help

If you are being abused, talk to someone who can help. A domestic violence advocate can help you take the first steps to develop a safety plan to protect you and your family. Planning for your safety is an important process. It is important whether you are staying in the relationship, or leaving it. It’s even important to do this if you have already left the relationship.

If you are in immediate danger

Call 911

NYC Domestic Violence Hotline

1.800.621.HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence hotline

1.800.799.SAFE (7233)

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