Domestic Violence

victimabuseDomestic violence is a pattern of intimidation and abuse that is used by one partner to establish and maintain control over the other partner. The abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and financial. While it can take different forms, the abuse may become more frequent and intense over time. Domestic Violence hurts everyone. It crosses all boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, religion, economic background, physical ability and sexual orientation. It can occur in any type of relationship, including past and present spouses, parents of the same child, parents and  children, step-parents and step-children, foster parents and foster children or others living in the same home. The damage to body and self esteem inflicted  by domestic violence has been linked to homelessness, suicide, crime, teen  pregnancy, premature births and miscarriages.

The Solicitor-General’s prosecutors and victim advocates keep in close contact with  victims through all phases of the prosecution and provide information, resources and critical support. Working with other law enforcement agencies and community organizations, it is our goal to:

  • Increase victim safety
  • Stop the violence
  • Diligently prosecute Domestic Violence crimes, and
  • Hold abusers accountable.

How to recognize abuse:

Does your partner…

  • Call you names or use other insults?
  • Destroy or damage your property?
  • Threaten to harm you or others, including pets?
  • Insist on controlling family finances?
  • Criticize your abilities as a parent, threaten to take the  children away?
  • Become jealous of your friends and the time you spend with them?
  • Control how often you and where you interact with friends and  family?
  • Hit, shove, kick, grab or use other forms of physical violence  toward you?
  • Make unwanted advances or force you to perform sexual acts?
  • Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?

If so, you may be experiencing abuse.

General safety tips regarding harassment and stalkers:

  • Talk with a trained professional, keep a diary of every contact with the individual, file incident reports with the police so you can show a pattern of activity, vary your routine and route, consider letting your employer know so that security measures can be taken. Also, let your childcare provider know.
  • Most importantly, trust your instincts.
  • Talk with trained advocate who can develop a safety plan with you that are  particular to your circumstances. (See helpline links below.)
  • These are general tips. A trained advocate can help you develop a safety plan related  to your circumstances.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP: If you feel you are in immediate danger, dial 911.

24-hour hotline automatically connects callers to the nearest shelters based on their phone number exchanges. CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF ADDITIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINES AND SHELTERS.

Click on the following links to learn more about assistance for other types of violence: Teen Dating Violence, Elder/Disabled Abuse and Animal Cruelty.