Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted: October 6, 2016 in Crime Tips

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”

Domestic violence is not always physical. Abusive tendencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Telling the victim they can never do anything right
  • Showing jealousy when the victim spends time with other people
  • Accusing the victim of cheating
  • Dictating how the victim dresses, where they go, who they see
  • Controlling every penny spent in the household
  • Cruelty to animals

For more examples of abusive tendencies, click here.

If you think you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone who is, call the anonymous, confidential, 24/7 hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

For more information on getting help, visit the NCADV website http://www.ncadv.org/learn-more/get-help. They have resources for:

  • Planning Ahead
  • Personalized Safety Plans
  • Tips for Accessing Resources
  • Financial Education
  • Cosmetic Support

If you are ever in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

 

Abby Orscheln – Safety and Security Intern

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