Did you know?
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime!
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic Violence is an emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse behavior that a person in an intimate relationship uses to control the other individual. This takes on in many forms including: the act of threats, derogatory name calling, isolation, withholding of money, physical harm, threat, sexual assault, and so on. Generally, domestic violence is committed against women by their partners or spouses. However, domestic abuse can happen to ANYONE, regardless of gender race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or other factors.
EVERY victim of domestic violence, whether female, male, gay, lesbian or heterosexual, has the right to legal redress.
The following list will help you decide if you or someone you know is being abused.
Does your partner:
- Constantly criticizes him/her as wife or partner, parent or employee?
- Behaves extremely overprotective or jealous?
- Threatens to hit him/her, your children, pets, family members, friends or him/herself?
- Prevents you from seeing family or friends?
- Is conducive to anger or "lost his/her temper"?
- Destroying personal property or throw things at the wall?
- Denied access to family assets like savings accounts , credit cards, car, or financial controls everything and forces him/her to give account of everything you spend?
- Uses intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children? He/She physically hurts you by slapping, kicking, pushing, grabbing him/her by the neck or biting you?
- Forbidden to go where you want to go when you want and with whom you'd like?
- Uses force or forces you to have sex or do other sexual activities when you do not want to?
- Offends or humiliates you in front of people?
What should you do?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be a victim of domestic violence. You should not blame yourself and you are NOT alone. Millions of people are victims of domestic violence every year. Not all acts of domestic violence are violations of the law -- however, you should not face domestic violence alone. You deserve the help and support available to you. There are many ways to protect yourself from domestic violence including: seeking legal options, medial treatment, contacting the Department of Social Services (D.S.S.), and considering dealing with the court and the police.
If you are experiencing the horrors of domestic violence and you do not know what to do, please contact us. We will do our best to find the most beneficial solution to dealing with your case and find you help centers. However, if your case is extreme and you are in immediate danger, we urge you to call 911.
Contact us at : 718-478-2972 and please visit our contact page.
Below are a list of Hotlines that you may find helpful:
→ Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE)
→ Allan Women Resource Center 1-718-739-6200
→ Sanctuary for Families: 1-212-349-6009
→ National Coalition against Domestic Violence: 1-800-537-2238
→ Family Consultation Services: 1-718-776-2333