Domestic violence is the actual or threatened physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse of an individual by someone with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. Abuse in intimate relationships is very common and, most often, women are the victims. However, men can be abused, too. Abuse happens to individuals from all backgrounds. Everyone knows an abused victim or survivor – at school, in the neighborhood, at work, in the family. All abuse is perpetrated without concern for the physical or mental wellbeing of the victim. Abusers disregard/minimize the consequences of the violence to the victim. The abuser’s goal is to gain control by dominating the victim. In a violent relationship, regardless of the form of abuse that occurs, incidents of abuse are recurrent and often escalate in severity and frequency.
If you are in immediate danger or need medical assistance, call 911.
For confidential information or assistance, Womanspace hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Advocates assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their families and friends, and social service professionals seeking information. Callers in life-threatening situations receive confidential assistance on options for immediate safety. Spanish-speaking counselors and a text phone for the deaf and hard of hearing are available.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 609.394.9000
- Text Phone for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 609.619.1888
- Domestic Violence: 800.572.SAFE (7233)
- Sexual Assault: 800.601.7200
- Domestic Violence : 800.799.SAFE (7233)
- Sexual Assault: 800.656.HOPE