Victim of domestic violence are our neighbors, our co-workers, or our family members. Most victims of domestic violence are women, although men can be battered, too. Domestic violence can occur within a family or an intimate relationship as a way for one person to control another.
There are different types of domestic violence. They can include:
If any of these things are happening to you, or you are afraid of your partner, you may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is a crime and there are legal protections available for you. You can get help. Leaving a violent relationship isn't easy. Victims stay because of money, family pressure, concern for kids or fear of their partner.
Where to get help:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TTY for the Deaf)
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Among the services provided to domestic violence victims are: crisis intervention; counseling; accompaniment to police, medical, and court facilities; and temporary emergency shelter for victims and their dependent children. Prevention and educational programs are provided to lessen the risk of domestic violence in the community at large.
1-800-932-4632 (in Pennsylvania)