What is Domestic Violence??

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Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person
through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive
relationship include:
• Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
• Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
• Insulting a partner in front of other people.
• Extreme jealousy.
• Showing fear around a partner.
• Isolation from family and friends.
• Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
• Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual

assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact

without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:

• Rape

• Incest

• Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation

• Oral sex

• Harassment

• Exposing/flashing

• Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures

• Fondling or unwanted sexual touching above and

under clothing

• Force which may include but is not limited to:

• Use or display of a weapon

• Physical battering

• Immobilization of the victim

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resources

To learn how to help someone in an abusive relationship or to get help for yourself, contact The

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or www.thehotline.org. For teens

and youth call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 77054 or live chat at www.loveisrespect.org. For

more information on rape and sexual violence services, contact RAINN—the Rape Abuse Incest

National Network at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) or by secure, online private chat at rainn.org.

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