What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. These intimate relationships range from a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend, teen, and an adult family member.
Domestic violence is not just physical. It is also emotional, sexual abuse, psychological, economical, mental and verbal. It affects people from any race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, education. age or religion. Victims can be married or dating. The behaviors of an abuser include: physical harm, threats, arouse fear, intimidation, isolation from friends and family and depriving of financial assistance.
What are the signs of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence does not look the same in every relationship but there are key common signs. Those signs can include:
Demeaning and insulting
Jealous of your relationships with family and/or friends
Abuse of pets
Financial manipulation or exploitation
Intimidates with threats and weapons
Pressures you to take drugs and/or alcohol
Abuse is NEVER ok. You don’t have to keep your crisis a secret. We’re here to help.
Support and Resources
Abuse is never ok. If you are in immediate danger, please get to a safe place and call 911 immediately. If you need support and resources, please contact Mahogany CARES or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). If you need support and resources or to report sex trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
Mahogany CARES loves survivors and it is our goal to celebrate and recognize them so they know how much they are appreciated. We have events throughout the year to provide survivors with self care activities and the opportunity to network with other survivors and women in the community. Please keep an eye on our monthly events for survivor recognition events!