National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Their mission is to lead, mobilize and raise their voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. They are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
NRCDV’s mission is to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence. Their goals are through its key initiatives and special projects, NRCDV works to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.
Faith Based Domestic Violence Help
FOCUS Ministries is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to offering hope, encouragement, education, and assistance to women and families who are struggling in difficult circumstances, especially dysfunctional marriages, spousal abuse (domestic violence), separation, or divorce. FOCUS Ministries also offers education and training for individuals, churches, and organizations who want to help.
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
What is it...Who does it affects?
What is it?
According to the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence, sometimes called intimate partner violence: "The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction."
Who does it affect?
According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon. Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior. Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
Domestic violence does not discriminate.
Both men and women of all ages in all communities can be affected: friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. Children and young people may be affected by abuse in the adult relationships around them, as well as in their own relationships. Domestic violence affects people regardless of age, race, identity or culture.
Types of Domestic Violence
This form of abuse includes the use of technology to control and stalk a partner. Technological abuse can happen to people of all ages, but it is more common among teenagers who use technology and social media in interact in a manner often unmonitored by adults. Examples include:
Hacking into a partner’s email and personal accounts, using tracking devices in a partner’s cell phone to monitor their location, phone calls and messages, monitoring interactions via social media, demanding to know partner’s passwords
Any behavior that maintains power and control over finances constitutes financial abuse. Examples include causing a partner to lose their job through direct and indirect means, such as:
Inflicting physical harm or injury that would prevent the person from attending work, harassing partner at their workplace, controlling financial assets and effectively putting partner on an allowance, damaging a partner’s credit score
Sexual abuse is not about sex. It is about power, and includes any sexual behavior performed without a partner’s consent.
Forcing a partner to have sex with other people (human trafficking), pursuing sexual activity when the victim is not fully conscious or is afraid to say no, hurting partner physically during sex, coercing partner to have sex without protection / sabotaging birth control
Emotional and Verbal Abuse
Emotional/Verbal Abuse occurs when an intimate partner seeks to control his/her loved one by:
Name calling, insulting, blaming the partner for everything, extreme jealousy, Intimidation, shaming, humiliating, isolation, controlling what the partner does and where the partner goes and stalking.
Perhaps the most recognized form, physical abuse may include behaviors such as:
Hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, burning, strangulation, damaging personal property, refusing medical care and/or controlling medication, coercing partner into substance abuse, use of weapons
Additional Resources and Assistance
Domestic violence or intimate partner violence can occur in many different forms.
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HOTLINES/HELPLINES ~ links and phone numbers ~
In an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911 or contact state or local law enforcement officials, who can respond to these crimes. Individuals in need of non-emergency assistance can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.