Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.

Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.

Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.

Recognizing abuse is the first step to getting help

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone. No one should have to endure this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

Signs of an abusive relationship

There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation. (Info courtesy of Helpguide.org)

Defined as an ongoing pattern of abusive behavior used by one person to exert power and control over another person in the context of an intimate relationship. Abusive behaviors vary widely and tend to increase in intensity over time. These behaviors include verbal assaults and threats, emotional abuse, intimidation, physical assaults, sexual assaults, the use of weapons, forced financial dependency, and the destruction of pets and property

 

The Laurel Shelter offers:

  • Emergency shelter for victims and their children
  • 24 Hour confidential Hotline
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Safety Planning
  • Client Advocacy
  • Emergency Transportation
  • Information and Referral
  • Support Groups
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Children’s Services
  • Systems advocacy
  • Community Education and public awareness
  • Emergency 911 phones

For More Information Please Contact the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at:  lsi.dvprogram@verizon.net

 

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lsi.dvprogram@verizon.net

 

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