Domestic Violence crosses all ethnic, racial, generational, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. The statistics are alarming. One in three women will experience at least one physical assault by their partner in their lifetime. In 80% of all domestic violence cases, children witness the abuse. In these families, children are also more likely to become juvenile delinquents than children who grow up in healthy environments.
Abuse comes in many forms including physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, financial and psychological. The abuser often threats, isolation or humiliation to display power and control. See Power and Control Wheel Dating abuse is unfortunately on the rise. According to a recent study conducted by Liz Claiborne, over 60% of all teen dating relationships have some form of verbal, physical, emotional or technological abuse.
Remember you are never alone. If you are being abused or know of someone who is being abused, please call the domestic violence 24 hour hotline at 1-800-500-1119. Calls are taken and available in English, Spanish, Creole and French.