Domestic violence is a pattern of physical, sexual, psychological and/or economic assaultive and coercive behaviors against intimate partners. It does not have to be physical abuse.
Domestic violence and the impact on our communities is devastating and costly.
If you have witnessed, heard, or suspect someone you know is being abused, you can help by listening to her or him. Many victims feel they have no one to turn to, so simply being there for someone is an important first step because it breaks the loneliness and isolation, and offers hope. Help the victim recognize that abuse is not “normal,” and also not their fault. Tell the victim that you are concerned for her or his safety and want to help.
Find out about the counseling, housing, and other Services Haven Hills offers to victims of domestic violence and their children, and share this information. Learn the phone number of Haven Hills’ 24/7 CRISIS Line by heart—818.887.6589 and encourage the person you know to learn it too.