Frequently Asked Questions
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behaviors used by a partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
What are some signs of Domestic Violence
Physical abuse doesn’t always leave marks or leave permanent damage.
What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual Violence is a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent.
What are some signs of Sexual Violence?
Sexual Violence isn’t always apparent without a physical examination.
Why do survivors sometimes return to or stay with abusers?
Leaving an abusive relationship is a long and difficult process. Sometimes the survivor feels frightened about what the future could hold or feels ashamed of what has happened and is reluctant to seek help. There are also times when children are part of the relationship and the survivor feels scared for them, and doesn’t want to break up the family. While these are some of the reasons, they aren’t all.
What can you do to help a survivor?
While the first few days the survivor has left are the hardest, during this time, sometimes the survivor needs time. Reaching out and letting them know that you are there for them can provide tremendous relief, as well as believing the survivor and listening without judgement.