Domestic violence does not discriminate between race, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religion. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Roughly 1 out of every 3 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime, and many people will leave their partner several times before they leave for good. In addition, domestic violence is a leading indicator of child abuse in a home.
Domestic Violence is characterized by physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, economic, and spiritual abuse by an intimate partner, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or an ex-partner. Disagreements are common in relationships, however disagreements are never a reason for domestic violence. It is a cyclical pattern of behaviors used to control and gain power over an individual that becomes frequent and more intense over time.
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Domestic Violence Related Offerings at HHC
- Houston Area Women’s Shelter
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
- The Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Counsel-Resource and Service Providers