What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to maintain power and control over another current or former intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behavior that intimidates, manipulates, humiliates, isolates, frightens, terrorizes, coerces, threatens, hurts, injures, or wounds someone.
What is Dating Violence?
Dating Violence is violence and abuse committed by a person to exert power and control over a current or former dating partner. Dating violence often involves a pattern of escalating violence and abuse over a period of time. Dating violence covers a variety of actions, and can include physical abuse, physiological and emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. It can also include “digital abuse”, the use of technology, such as smartphones, the internet, or social media, 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.