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Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence is a a form of abuse on another person such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence, which is committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. In its broadest sense, domestic violence also involves violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths.

Children Are Exposed To Intimate Partner Violence At Alarming Rates

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

Ways To Stay Safe During Covid-!9​

Safety Planning

Safety Planning is a very important protective step and guide that case managers and advocate use to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence.  Safety Planning can

 be extremely useful when a person is thinking of exiting  

Create A Support System

 Building a supportive team to help you get through each day is very important. Your support team can be a really good trust worthy friend, family member, or advocate, and/or maybe someone that live in your building or near by that know what is happening and know what to do in your time of distress.

Seek Help When Needed

Many people experiencing Domestic Violence have a hard time finding help. Usually due to fear of retaliation and the unknown.  


Below you will find a list of places that can point you to the right place to find help.


Emergency: 911

DV Hotline:1800-799-SAFE

Suicidal Hotline:1800-273-8255




Self Care 

Due to covid-19 It is even more important for a person that have endured any form of abuse or trauma to practice self care.

Self care involves the practice of taking an active role in protecting and preserving one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

so taking care of your mental health and physical health. Some examples of self care Is:


Journaling

Learning a new skill

Yoga

Listening to music

Participating In Talk Therapy

See What People Are Saying

My Boyfriend was beating on me and I realized that I had to get away, FYFJC help me break my lease-Anonymous

Emotional Abus​e

Emotional abuse creates mental scars and abusive patterns which can have the ability to be far more detrimental than physical abuse. Some signs of emotional abuse are listed below:


Demanding respect. No perceived slight will go unpunished, and you’re expected to defer to them. But it’s a one-way street.


Shutting down communication. They’ll ignore your attempts at conversation in person, by text, or by phone.


Dehumanizing you. They’ll look away when you’re talking or stare at something else when they speak to you.


Keeping you from socializing. Whenever you have plans to go out, they come up with a distraction or beg you not to go.


Trying to come between you and your family. They’ll tell family members that you don’t want to see them or make excuses why you can’t attend family functions.


See What People Are Saying

I fell into a difficult relationship that almost cost me my life.-T.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse Is any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person. physical violence can also lead to death. individuals that endure physical abuse often time hide their abuse due to fear and embarrassment. 

Obvious signs of physical abuse are often physical in nature. These may include:

Cuts

Bruises

Burns

Restraint or grip markings

Black eyes

Unusual pattern of injury; repeated trips to the emergency room


While the above signs of physical abuse are visible to outsiders, other signs of physical abuse may be more subtle. The less obvious signs may include:

Social isolation or withdrawal

Vague medical complaints such as chronic headaches, fatigue or stomach pain

Pelvic pain; vaginal or urinary tract infections

Unwanted pregnancy; lack of prenatal care

Sexual problems

Depression

Anxiety, including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Fearfulness

Abuse of alcohol or other drugs

See What People Are Saying

I am a survivor of Domestic Violence I came to FYFJC because I was seeking support and shelter, FYFJC help me find a place in a short amount of time.  - anonymous 

Stalking

Stalking a person is considered harassments and a serious crime. It Is excessive unwanted attention that can lead up to unwanted physical harm, kidnapping, and even death.


The signs of stalking maybe:

Threatening to harm you your children, relatives, or pets.

Showing up at your place of employment or apartment uninvited.

Damaging your property or threatening to do so.

Asking relative friends or employers personal information about you. Keeping tabs an tracking on you.



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