Domestic violence includes: Being hurt by someone close to you is awful.
Reach out for support from family, friends, and community organizations. The longer the abuse goes on, the more damage it can cause. There are people who will believe you and who want to help.
Return to top Domestic violence shelters can give you and your children temporary housing, food and other basic items, and help finding other assistance. Services may include: Return to top Transitional housing focuses on giving families a safe space and time to recover from domestic violence.
Families live independently, in separate apartments, while they also receive needed services.
Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence because it often is caused by a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend. People of all races, education levels, and ages experience domestic abuse.
In the United States, more than 5 million women are abused by an intimate partner each year.
They are more likely than other children to abuse someone or be abused when they grow up.