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RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE). RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Domestic Violence Definition
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.
If you are being abused, REMEMBER
COMMON MYTHS AND WHY THEY ARE WRONG
Domestic violence is not a problem in my community.
Domestic violence only happens to poor women.
Some people deserve to be hit.
Alcohol, drug abuse, stress, and mental illness cause domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a personal problem between a husband and a wife.
If it were that bad, she would just leave.
MANY VICTIMS DO LEAVE AND LEAD SUCCESSFUL, VIOLENCE FREE LIVES.
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Break the silence!!!
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National Sexual Assault Hotline.
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Call 800-656-hope (4673)
If you are in danger, call 911, your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at
1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.
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