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Domestic Violence

Do you feel isolated, trapped, intimidated, or humiliated? Are you being controlled, criticized, beaten by an intimate partner?  If yes, then you may be a victim of domestic violence.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior that gives one partner power and control over the other partner. It can include physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. Domestic Violence tends to recur and increase with severity over time. Domestic Violence is a crime - it is illegal.

What Can You Do About It?

Take the problem seriously - it will happen again.
Work out a safety plan for you and your children.
Gather car keys, children's birth certificates, and other important papers.

Can the Husband Be the Victim?

Yes. Though women are most often the recipients of domestic violence, men have been physically, psychologically, and sexually abused too.

 In An Emergency...

Call the police by calling 911
Get yourself and your children to a safe place
Get medical attention if needed

Related Resources

Safety on College Campuses

The first report released by The White House Task Force in April 2014 to Protect Students from Sexual Assault detailed a chilling statistic: one in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career. That, combined with the ACLU's estimation that 95% of U.S. campus rapes goes unreported, highlights a serious problem on college campuses. Our resource aims to increase awareness about sexual assault and abusive partner relationships by addressing the following topics:

 What is Sexual Assault?

  • Recognizing Abuse
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • What to Do After an Assault

You can find the full resource here: best colleges - resources

Local Community Resources

YWCA Pathways for Women
YWCA offers free and low cost services to women and children. They also offer referrals for a variety of programs including Emergency Shelter, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Counseling, Parenting Classes and Support, Legal Assistance, Employment/Training Services, Low Cost Housing and Transportation. Call 425-744-9843 for information.

Domestic Violence Services
DVS offers free and low cost services to women and children, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and counseling. They also offer Legal Advocacy as well as referrals to attorneys and treatment providers. 425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873) is a 24-hour hotline and collect calls are accepted.

Domestic Violence Victims