Domestic Violence Crisis and Prevention

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:

  • Physical abuse: hitting, kicking, choking, shoving, not allowing someone to leave the house, or using objects like knives and guns to cause injury
  • Emotional abuse: threats, name-calling, or put-downs
  • Sexual abuse: rape or forced unwanted sex acts
  • Theft of money or other items
  • Destroying personal belongings
  • Hurting pets
  • Threatening children
  • Not allow someone to work
  • Not allowing someone see friends and family

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
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) 
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) 
1-800-537-2238 (national)

Pennsylvania State Police Victims Services Program

Reporting Abuse