What You Should Know if You are a Victim of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse knows no boundaries; men, women, children and elderly, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation or economic status are victims.

It is a crime for anyone to assault or threaten you, even if that person is a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, household or family member, someone you are dating or someone you had once dated.

Abuse emerges in many forms. Abuse can be Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Verbal, Religious and Economical. Domestic Violence revolves around Power and Control. Often abusers are isolating, jealous and possessive.

Everyone has the right to be protected. A restraining order is one tool to keep you and your children safe. Anyone in fear of abuse by a family or household member, current or former intimate partner may qualify for a restraining order.