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Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive and violent behavior that is designed to establish and maintain power and control over one’s partner. This issue affects individuals regardless of age, education level, sexual preference, sexual identity, class, ethnicity, race, religion, marital status, etc.

Abuse occurs in many forms. Although it is not always easy to immediately recognize an abusive relationship, knowing some of the signs of domestic violence can help save a life.

In addition to the forms of abuse described below, sexual assault frequently occurs within a violent relationship. Visit our Sexual Assault page for more information.

Resources for Victims & Advocates

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Physical Abuse

  • Pushing

  • Hitting

  • Biting

  • Spitting

  • Strangulation

  • Physical intimidation

  • Destroying victim's property

  • Throwing objects

  • Burning

  • Harming children or pets

Emotional Abuse

  • Belittling

  • Name calling

  • Mocking

  • Humiliation

  • Cheating

  • Minimizing abuse

  • Shifting blame to victim

  • Controlling and/or monitoring victim’s behavior

  • Demeaning victim in front of children, friends, or family

  • Threats to harm or kill victim

  • Threats to harm or kill victim’s children or pets

  • Gaslighting

Economic Abuse

  • Controlling all finances

  • Preventing victim from working

  • Creating debt for victim without their consent or knowledge

  • Demanding victim’s paycheck

  • Ensuring all assets are in their name rather than victim’s

  • Controlling use of a vehicle

To learn more about some of the key issues intersecting with domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, visit our Resources page.

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We Are Here to Help

If you need assistance with safety planning, getting an Order of Protection, accessing legal services, or would just like emotional support, The Friendship Center can help. If you or a loved one is struggling and want to request services or simply talk about the situation, reach out to our office. All our services are free and confidential.

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