What is Domestic Violence?


What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is the intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.   Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or

Signs of Domestic Abuse


Do you know someone that may be in an abusive relationship? Bruises or injuries that look like they came from choking, punching or being thrown down. Black eyes, red or purple marks at the neck and sprained wrists are common injuries in violent relationships. Attempting to hide bruises with makeup or

Safety Plan


SafeNest Safety Plan If you are considering leaving your home, it is important to prepare a Safety Plan. SafeNest has a list of options for consideration as you prepare to get out of danger, stay safe and plan for your future. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that

Items to Take


Items to Take, If Possible: Children (if it is safe) Money Keys to car, house, work Extra clothes Medicine Important papers for you and your children Birth certificates Social security cards School and medical records Bankbooks, credit cards Driver’s license Car registration Welfare identification Passports, green cards, work permits Lease/rental agreement Mortgage

After Leaving


If You've Left Your Abuser: Keep a copy with you all the time. Give a copy to the people who take care of your children, their schools and your boss. Giving them a picture of the abuser may help them recognize the person if they attempt contact. Telling