What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior by one person who has or has had a personal, intimate or family relationship with another person. Domestic Violence may include making threats to you, slapping, choking or pushing, holding you down, kicking, forcing or pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to, or any other types of unwanted behavior. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have feelings of helplessness, fear, shame, guilt and anger. You may blame yourself for the things that are happening and feel responsible for what happens to your abuser. There may be other problems in your home, such as lack of money and worry for children or other family members, that make it hard to leave an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of religious, social, economic, ethnic or educational background. Domestic violence happens to people of all ages and in every community.

Please remember that you are not alone! There are people and agencies willing and able to help you.