For Survivors & their Families
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
For help and assistance call the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Hotline advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to provide confidential crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Assistance is available in English and Spanish, with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors that one former or current intimate partner uses against the other.
- Learn more about the forms of domestic violence
- Learn more about the statistics related to domestic violence
- Learn more about what to do if you think you are being abused
Who Commits Domestic Violence and Why?
People who abuse have a need to gain and maintain all of the power and control in the relationship. Abusers come from all walks of life but have common characteristics:
- Emotionally dependent
- Excessively jealous
- Can be very charming and then suddenly angry and violent
- Frequently described as being like “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
- Abusive behaviors are chosen to maintain power and control
- Will tell the victim that the victim caused the abuse or that the victim is “crazy”