Domestic Violence Awareness Month
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is abusive behavior one person causes on a spouse, intimate partner and/or other family members. How serious the domestic violence is depends on the situation. However what is clear in cases of domestic violence is the desire of the abuser to gain or maintain power and control over the other person.
Three common forms of abuse are verbal, physical and sexual abuse. It is not uncommon for people to experience all three forms.
Verbal abuse is using verbal attacks to hurt someone's dignity and security through insults or humiliation, in a sudden or repeated manner. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Spreading rumors
• Name calling
Physical abuse is using physical force or violence that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Throwing objects
• Hair pulling
• Being held against your will
Sexual abuse is any form of non-consensual physical contact. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Unwanted kissing
• Unwanted touching
• Attempted rape
• Forcing someone to engage in sexual activity
• Threatening some into sexual activity
• Refusing condom use
• Restricting birth control use
Domestic Violence can happen to people of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. The truth behind domestic violence is there is no easy way out, but there are a variety of resources available to help you get out. No form of abuse is acceptable.
If you are in a situation where you are experiencing domestic violence, seek help immediately.
Domestic Violence Resources:
DWDC Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn Anti-Domestic Violence Program Hotline: 212-568-6616
NYC Human Resources Administration- Domestic Violence Support
Community Based Domestic Violence Services- Non-Residential Services