What is Domestic Violence

Empower & Inform Yourself

Abuse in a relationship is any act used to gain power and control over another person. People who are abused physically are often isolated. Their partners tend to control their lives to a great extent as well as verbally degrade them.

One in four women and one in seven men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

There are so many misconceptions about domestic abuse.

Is domestic abuse something that should be kept in the family? Is it loss of control? Are abusers violent in all relationships? Inform yourself and learn about the facts that answer these common misconceptions.



Abuse can happen to anyone at any time. You don't have to face it alone. We are here to help.

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My son got caught in the cross fire. He almost got hit and I said to myself, if you’re not gonna leave for yourself, leave for your son. I sold my engagement ring to pay for an attorney to get an order of protection, and we went to The Retreat, to begin to heal.

Anonymous Survivor

I was scared I couldn’t live without him. But once he was gone, I realized I could provide for my family. I was better off without him. I told him the day I leave you is forever.

Shelter Resident

Someone once told my daughter that when a boy is mean to you, it means he likes you. But I say to them, there is never a time when someone being mean to you is love. Ever. There is never a time when someone hurting you translates to love.

Anonymous Survivor

What you can do now

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If someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

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Know someone being abused?

Help a friend or a family member whose situation and behavior is worrying. While family violence or abuse can be a tricky subject to navigate, equipping yourself with the right information can help you be there for them.