Domestic abuse is often misunderstood, hidden and dangerous. Domestic abuse is a pattern of intimidating and coercive behavior that often includes the use or threat of violence and other menacing actions for the purpose of gaining power and control over another person. Domestic abuse can be financial, emotional, verbal and/or physical; often more than one type of abuse is present. One in every four women and nearly one in seven men in the U.S. report having experienced physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
Domestic abuse does not discriminate. It affects families of every background, people of every sexual orientation and gender identity, and people from every socio-economic class. It is widely considered one of the most under-reported crimes in the United States.
If someone told you they were being abused, would you know what to do? Hearing about someone’s abusive situation is scary, especially if they are looking to you for help and you have no idea what to do. Knowing how to respond can help you save a life.
Call the experts: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse’s 24-hour hotline is available to people in abusive situations and for those who want to learn how to help a friend or loved one. Local: 520-795-4266 Toll-free: 888-428-0101. If you are in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, always call 911.
Learn how to spot the signs, how to respond, and what not to do if you witness abuse or if you think you know someone who is experiencing abuse. Check our resources page to learn more.
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