What is Domestic Violence?
A relationship where one or both partners use physical, sexual or emotional violence to try to get power or control over the other person.
Examples of Domestic Violence
- Terrorizing, and/or
- Hurting, Injuring, or Wounding Someone.
What is Dating Violence?A pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another to gain or maintain power and control in the relationship.
- It can also include “digital abuse”-the use of social media, cell phones and etc. To intimidate, harass, threaten or isolate a victim.
If you are being abused by a spouse or partner:
- Get to a safe place.
- Call the police as soon as possible by dialing 256-782-5050 or 911.
If someone you know is being abused by a spouse or partner:
- Don’t be afraid to offer help.
- Approach the victim in an understanding, non-blaming way.
- Acknowledge that it is scary and difficult to talk about domestic/dating violence.
- Share information about local resources.
- Support the victim as a friend.
- Help the victim report the assault to the police.
- Ask if they have suffered any physical harm. Go with them to the hospital to check for injuries.