WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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, 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 individuals of all gender identities.
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.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED HELP
If you are in an abusive relationship—or think you might be—contact us so we can help. Our crisis lines are answered 365 days a year and are confidential. Staff can talk with you about your situation, provide safety planning assistance over the phone, and connect you with the services we offer that best meet your needs.
If you are ready to break the cycle of violence and move toward a peaceful future, please call (866) 593-9999.
We strive to provide an inviting, inclusive, and diverse environment. Our staff are welcoming, compassionate, and understanding. They will work with you to help you plan for the future; cope with the trauma you've experienced; obtain legal, medical, and dental assistance; and secure housing if needed. Domestic violence also impacts children. Staff will assist you in addressing your children's needs as well.
Alternatives Incorporated serves all domestic violence survivors. Services are available regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, religion, sex, gender, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, political beliefs, or military and veteran status. Our services are non-sectarian and include housing and non-residential services.
You can learn more about our housing services, non-residential services, sexual assault 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.