The Many Faces of Abuse Survivors
If you are reading this page, more than likely you or someone you know needs help. Maybe you've been raped. Maybe you were attacked, assaulted, or threatened. Maybe you've had an abusive partner for a while. Or maybe something happened a while back that minimized the severity. After contemplation, you are just now ready to confront your fears and internal, torment.
No matter how scared, hurt, angry, humiliated, embarrassed, or desperate you feel right now, you need to know that this is not your fault and you are not alone. You didn't ask for your boyfriend to hit you. You didn't ask for your spouse to abuse you. You didn't ask to be raped. You did not expect to be treated with such disrespect. No human being asks for this, and no human being deserves to be exploited this way.
Despite the confusing, traumatic emotions you may be experiencing, there is one thing you can be sure of: There is hope here. And the sooner you can get that help, the sooner you can regain control of your life and become that person who is confident, happy, and secure.
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What is Domestic/Relationship Violence?
We define domestic /relationship violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in a marital or other defined relationship that is used b one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic/Relationship violence can be continual and habitual physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence and controls another person. This includes behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frustrate, embarrass, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threatened, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone mentally and or physically.
Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, kicking, cutting, shooting, bullying, stalking, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, choking, hair pulling, etc. are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon an individual.
Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.
Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual's behavior, mental stability, cognitive functioning. This may include but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing ones abilities, name-calling, stalking, or damaging one's relationship with her children or grandmother.
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a consensual social, internet, or texting relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.