What is Domestic Violence?

domestic violenceDomestic Violence – a pattern of coercive behaviors designed to exert power and control over a person in an intimate relationship through the use of intimidating threatening, harmful or harassing behavior NC Statute Section 50B-1

Domestic violence is NOT a “lover’s quarrel” or “private family matter” and it is NEVER the fault of the one being abused. Through the tireless efforts of crusaders and legislators, shifts in social norms and laws have led to a 64% decrease in domestic violence since 1994. We celebrate this at the same time that we acknowledge the continuing issue:

  • On average more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
  • Violence of this type starts young. Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner – a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth.
  • 15.5 million children in the US live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and 7 million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.

(This data was provided by Futures Without Violence. Download Domestic Violence Facts for more info.)

If you or someone you know is the target of domestic violence, REACH of Haywood County, Inc. is committed to providing the support you need right now to change your situation. Our trained advocates are passionate about listening to your story and supplying the information and resources you need to live a life of non-violence. Domestic violence is not about anger, love, or a momentary mistake. It is about control and the cycle of violence will only repeat and intensify the longer you are a part of it. You don’t have to live in fear. You have a choice and REACH is here for you and your family.

If you are are experiencing domestic violence, call the REACH hotline 24 hours a day at (828) 456-7898.

If you’re not a Haywood County resident, you can call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.

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