Domestic Violence

By Irving

Definition: violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner


Signs: Person is timid, jumpy, isolated, and tend to hide all their body to avoid people seeing their bruises.


How to best get out: Call cops they'll explain all the procedures the victim can do, get a restraining order, get the person evicted, join a home for battered women/or men.

Allison's Story

Allison looked at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye. The makeup only hid so much. When she turned and saw her son watching from the hallway, Allison knew it was time to break free from her abusive partner and the father of her son. Determined to find safety for herself and her son, Allison sought legal protection.

"When I went in for my first protection from abuse hearing against my son's father, I was petrified...my son's father had an attorney, but I didn't. After the hearing, the judge dismissed my case," Allison said, recalling that dark time. "I was afraid because my son's father told me that he had connections...that's the reason I stayed with him so long - I was afraid I'd lose my son. I knew I'd have an uphill battle."She sought help from the Women Against Abuse Legal Center. With the support of a Women Against Abuse attorney, Allison was granted a protection from abuse order as well as custody of her son. Her former partner was allowed only supervised visitation, and Allison was able to keep the location of her home confidential for added security.

Why do they stay: Fear, Low-self esteem, money, children, and they even have hope that the person will somehow change


What friends and family can do to help: Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult situation, be non-judgmental, encourage them to participate in activities outside of the relationship, and lastly remember you can't "save" them. In the end it's their decision to get out of relationship


Where to seek help: Family and friends, Contact any place that can take you in, visit websites that will guide you what to do, call 9/11 they'll find a way to help you and get the abuser in trouble, and child care for your kids

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Works Cited

"Domestic Violence and Abuse." : Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships. Web. 14 Dec. 2014. <http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm>.


"Getting Help." National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ncadv.org/protectyourself/GettingHelp.php>.

"The Advocacy Center: Domestic/Dating Violence - Why Do Victims Stay?" The Advocacy Center: Domestic/Dating Violence - Why Do Victims Stay? Web. 17 Dec. 2014.



"The Advocacy Center: Domestic/Dating Violence - Why Do Victims Stay?" The Advocacy Center: Domestic/Dating Violence - Why Do Victims Stay? Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/adv_violencewhy.html>.


"Helping a Depressed Person." : How to Reach Out and Help Someone While Taking Care of Yourself. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/helping-a-depressed-person.htm>.