Domestic violence is a widespread problem that affects men and women of all ages, races and nationalities. Statistics show that one in every four women has experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse and control over another person, using physical violence, sexual violence, threats and intimidation to hurt and control their significant other. Domestic violence can happen anytime and to anyone, whether married, dating or simply living together.
Domestic abuse information can be found at:
· National Domestic Violence Hotline Hotline
· Clark Prosecutor Information on resources for domestic violence victims
· DVRC Statistics and resources
· Cybergrrl Statistics and resources
There are warning signs and symptoms of domestic abuse that can raise red flags on a relationship. A partner may have a terrible temper, physically punch, kick or hit you, destroy belongings of their partner, threaten to harm the children if the spouse leaves, and more. You may be in an abusive relationship, or know someone who is, if the following situations apply:
· Help Guide Signs and symptoms
· Lets Wrap Warning signs
· 4Therapy Signs and symptoms
· Your Total Health Signs, symptoms, and additional resources
· Domestic Violence Warnings Warning signs
You can also see if you or a loved one is a victim by taking a domestic violence test .
Often, domestic violence ends in a partner being permanently hurt or killed. A safety plan is one way to start the process of leaving your abusive significant other. Complete a personalized safety plan at Geocities , and learn the ways to protect yourself at Abanet . Ncadv offers a safety plan for those in an abusive relationship and those who have already left. For information on safety at work and at home, follow the steps at Phoenix . Medline Plus and Women Lawyers , which are places to go for information and resources about domestic violence, and what to do if you or a loved one is a victim of it.
Domestic violence resources can be obtained all over the world. There are many hotlines to shelters and help that can be utilized, such as the Family Place
and the Women's Rural Advocacy Program . Feminist offers state by state hotlines and resources. The US Department of Justice offers help for victims of domestic and sexual violence for women who need it. Silent Witness and Domestic Violence are completely dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse, for those who may be married to their partner or simply dating them.
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