About Domestic Violence

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • Approximately 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year.
  • In the U.S. alone, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • Domestic violence accounts for nearly one-third of all family homelessness.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as actions used by one partner to maintain power and control over
another partner in a relationship. Physical and sexual violence, threats, emotional abuse and
withholding money or other basic needs are all forms of domestic violence and any or all of
them can happen at any one time within the same relationship. Anyone can commit or be a
victim of domestic violence; it affects people of all races, religions, genders, educational and
income levels.

Does your partner:

  • Bully, control, or threaten you or those you love?
  •  Cut you off from family and friends?
  • Steal from you or control your access to money?
  • Physically abuse you?
  • Deprive you of basic needs, like food, sleep, medical care or shelter?
  •  Sexually abuse you?

If You Answered Yes…

to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. You are not alone, you didn’t cause the abuse, and no one has the right to hurt you. Help is local, free, and totally confidential. Call the Haven of Hope Crisis Line at 423-569-3333 anytime, day or night.