Domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse, family violence or intimate partner violence) occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another. Domestic violence often refers to violence between spouses, or spousal abuse but can also include cohabitants and non-married intimate partners. Domestic violence occurs in all cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes and classes can be perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic violence is perpetrated by both men and women.
Domestic violence has many forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, and threats of violence. Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors in some legal systems, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
Alternatives Incorporated serves all victims of family violence-women, children, and men. Our services are non-sectarian and include emergency shelter; transitional housing; crisis advocacy; information and referral; and support and advocacy.
In this section, you can learn more about our services and locations; get information on how to help a family member, neighbor, co-worker or friend who is being abused; and the important steps in safely using computers.