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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is any form of violence that takes place in a family between adults. Violence between adults and children is called child abuse or elder abuse, abuse involving sexual situations or innuendoes is called sexual abuse, and abuse between siblings is called sibling abuse. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation and often including the threat of violence or the actual use of violence. Any harmful physical contact done in an angry manner can be a chargeable offense.

Violence is anything that a person or persons do to impose their will onto another with the consequence of causing harm to others, either emotionally or physically. This can be verbal abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, intimidation, threats, use and abuse of power and control on another, manipulation (particularly that which creates guilt or feelings of helplessness in others).

DV happens in every economic and racial class.

Domestic violence is not a class issue nor an economic issue. It cuts across all people in equal representation to the population. Women who use the Shelter have "nowhere else to go." A woman with an independent income might have resources to get out of town, go to a motel, etc., but quite often is in great emotional distress, potential physical harm, and needs a safe, supportive environment to sort things out. A shelter for women is the best place to go to be safely away from further harm. A parent's home might be comfortable, but if the perpetrator knows where they live, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk
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