Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

  • Resources on How to Prevent Violence – Chronic drug and alcohol abuse may lead to diminished performance at work and school and impacts our ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. It can also contribute to a dramatic decline in mental and physical health. However, one of the most overlooked risks surrounding long-term drug and alcohol abuse lies in its potential to give rise to angry, irrational, and potentially violent behavior in some individuals who struggle with the issue.
  • Female Domestic Violence and Alcohol Abuse – Studies have shown that intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, commonly co-occurs with substance use disorders like alcoholism.1 If you suspect that someone you know is struggling with these issues, or if you are living in a situation that’s causing you distress and harm, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone and that help is available for victims of domestic abuse.
  • Types of Abuse in a Relationship and How Social Workers Can Help – According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, roughly 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 9 adult men have been victims of violence at the hands of intimate partners. The sobering statistics illustrate that domestic abuse is hardly a rare or an isolated phenomenon — it happens with tragic frequency.
  • Tech safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence – What you need to know about staying safe online when living in an unsafe home.
  • 18 Ways to Support Children Who Witness Domestic Violence – Exposure to trauma can lead to long-term effects in children. An estimated 15.5 million children in the U.S. live in a household where partner violence has occurred at least once in the last year, with 7 million of those children witnessing severe violence
  • What Is Trauma Bonding? – A comprehensive guide to understanding trauma bonding.
  • What Did You Do for Yourself After Leaving? – Survivors share how they rebuilt their self-esteem after abuse.

  • Common types of abuse – Understanding common types of abuse will better prepare you to identify them when you see them; experiencing even one or two of these warning signs may be a red flag that abuse is present in your own relationship.
  • Womens Transistional Living Center – WTLC provides a comprehensive residential program, a children’s program, a crisis hotline, and a community services program.
  • How to Know You're Dealing with a Narcissist? – Experts share the telltale signs - and why they can be so hard to spot.
  • CA LawHelp – Self help resources and court program locator regarding issues of domestic violence.
  • Break The Silence – Educates communities on the dangers of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors and grieving families, and assists them in the transformation of their lives by providing therapeutic retreats, financial empowerment, survivor-run helpline, and innovative outreach campaigns.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) – Provides life-saving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
  • Interval House – Runs crisis shelters and centers for victims of domestic violence.
  • Human Options – Breaking the silence to end domestic Violence
  • Laura’s House – Inspiring hope and empowering change to end domestic Violence