What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence also called “domestic abuse” or “intimate partner violence”, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or family member. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.
Domestic violence does not discriminate and can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
How can we help?
Haven of Hope is a secure, 24 bed shelter providing safe temporary, emergency housing to adults and children fleeing domestic violence. Our shelter provides food, laundry facilities, hygiene and cleaning products and 24 hour staffed secure space.
Advocates provide empowering advocacy services to assist residents in identifying goals and a path to safety.
Services may include:
- Assistance with obtaining documents left behind (ID, Drivers License, Social Security Card, etc)
- Safety Planning
- Housing Resources
- Parenting Support
- Support Groups
- Emotional Support
- Assistance with Protection Orders
- Support During Court Process
- Self-Care and Coping Skill Building
- Access to Basic Needs
How does your relationship rate?
Does your Partner?
- Embarrass you with bad names and put-downs?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?
- Stop you from seeing or talking to friends or family?
- Take your money or Social Security, make you ask for money, or refuse to give you money?
- Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
- Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
- Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
- Shove you, slap you or hit you? Force you to drop charges?
- Threaten to commit suicide?
- Threaten to kill you?
If you checked even one, you may be in an abusive relationship. This behavior does not go away on its own and can intensify or escalate over time. If you need support – call us any time day or night.