Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Information and Resources
Sexual Assault & Consent
You wouldn't put up with that. So don't put up with this. 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they finish college.
Understanding what consent is, is as simple as making a cup of tea.
Sexual Assault is NEVER the victim's / survivor's fault!
Many victims of sexual assault within a relationship / marriage do not identify it as sexual assault. The reason being is because they feel it is just a part of the relationship / marriage and it is their duty to be intimate with their partner. This is incorrect.
Just because a person is in a relationship / marriage, it does not give ownership of your body to the other person. You still have the right to say. "No."
If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of Sexual Assault, there are services available for you.
Call us @ (800) 641-3434 to speak with an Advocate.
Shame, isolation and confusion: Abuse survivors on the complexities of domestic violence
A United Nations study out this week (11/27/18) finds domestic violence is one of the most common killers of women around the world. About 50,000 women were killed in 2017 by an intimate partner or family member, meaning an average of about 137 women are murdered every day -- by someone they know.
In the U.S. alone, an estimated one in four women is a victim of severe physical abuse. Domestic abuse is an epidemic "CBS This Morning" has been digging into for months. Earlier this year, we asked viewers to send in submissions for our series, Note To Self, and found close to 100 of those notes mentioned a history of domestic violence.
Two of those women are part of a group of five who sat down with CBS News' Alex Wagner to discuss their experiences. Leslie Morgan Steiner is a New York Times bestselling author; Lovern Gordon is the president of a non-profit; Rania Batrice served as Bernie Sanders' deputy campaign manager; Lisa Hurley worked for the U.N.; and Judy Freeman Chambers is a municipal judge. You can watch their interview in the links provided below.
DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence
Domestic violence isn't always physical. Many intimate partners exert control using the technologies we rely on everyday. Being intimidated by constant phone-calls, stalked by location-sharing apps, humiliated on social media, forced to share sensitive texts and passwords: each of these experiences is a violation of privacy that affects your freedom to make decisions about your life. Being deprived of your autonomy is no less painful when it's digital.
DIY Cybersecurity asserts your privacy online. When you're threatened by your partner, you can always reach out to a domestic violence professional. But whenever you need to protect yourself online, you're not alone. Threat Scenarios explore, in-depth, how to resist a controlling partner. Each guide is accessible and empathetic: you're not obliged to follow any of our suggestions if you don't feel they're right for you. They also have Defense Strategies for proactively securing your digital life.
There's a quick exit button in the sidebar in case you need to suddenly leave the site. If you want to make sure there's no history of your visit, please read their guide on Private Web Browsing. We hope you find strength and security. You deserve it.
Many victims/survivors use drugs as a way to cope with the trauma that happened to them. Others have become dependent because that was another way for their abusers to have power & control over their victim - causing the victim to become addicted.
Victims of domestic violence who struggle with addiction face significant barriers to receiving treatment, but programs that effectively address addiction and abuse-related trauma are available.
Please click the link below for more information.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse
Power & Control Wheels
Everyone deserves to be safe. Whether you're not ready to leave or are in the process of leaving, it's helpful to have or be thinking of a safety plan for yourself, your children, and your pets. For a printable / downloadable version of a sample safety plan click here and here for a pet safety plan.
If you or someone you know is in a Domestic Violent / IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) relationship and are in need of services, please call our 24 Hr Crisis line @ (800) 641-3434 to speak with an Advocate who can work with you in devising a personalized safety plan, and that can speak with you about available services.
Are you a teen who is in an abusive relationship? We have advocates who can help you who are trained to work with young people.
Our crisis line is available 24/7 - (800) 641-3434.
Click the image below to find out more information about abuse in relationships...and how, LOVE is NOT ABUSE.