Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors and tactics used by one person over another to gain power and control in a familiar relationship. This may include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and/or financial abuse. Anyone can be a victim and domestic violence is illegal!

Signs that you are in an abusive relationship:

  • pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting
  • threatening you, your children, other family members or pets
  • threatening suicide to get you to do something
  • using or threatening to use a weapon against you
  • keeping or taking your paycheck
  • puts you down or makes you feel bad
  • forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like
  • keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going to work
  • preventing you from making your own decisionspower-and-control-wheel-updated

What to do if you are a victim:

  • If you are in danger of being hurt, or you are worried about your safety, contact police or emergency services (911) immediately and try to move to somewhere safe.
  • If possible, talk to someone you trust, like a friend, family member, counselor or youth worker who understands domestic violence.
  • Call our 24-Hour Crisis Line at Safe Haven (715) 526-3421. Safe Haven can assist you with phone support, safety planning, referrals, shelter services, and client outreach.