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Domestic violence is any form of physical or sexual abuse involving married or divorced couples, lovers, children or other relatives. Domestic violence may result in permanent physical injury or death, and often leaves feelings of isolation, anger and bitterness.

Battering, like any other human behavior, has been learned, so it can be unlearned. A "cycle of violence" begins with tension building in the relationship, escalates into an actual physical assault, and ends with the abuser being remorseful and promising it will never happen again. The victim usually believes this, and is drawn back into the "cycle", which inevitably recurs. Without legal intervention, the abuse will happen more frequently and become more severe. Victims can help themselves by utilizing the services of the Police, the State Attorney's Office and other community resources.

Are You Abused?

Does the Person You Love..

  • Keep track of all of your time?
  • Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful?
  • Discourage your relationships with family and friends?
  • Prevent you from working or attending school?
  • Criticize you for little things?
  • Anger easily when drinking or using other drugs?
  • Control all finances and force you to account in detail for what you spend?
  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Destroy personal property or sentimental items?
  • Hit, punch, slap, kick, or bite you or the children?
  • Use or threaten to use a weapon against you?
  • Threaten to hurt you or the children?
  • Force you to have sex against your will?

If you find yourself saying yes to any of these - it's time to get help!!

Always Dial 911 For Emergencies

HOPE PLACE offers battered women temporary emergency shelter, provides counseling to help victims develop skills and a plan of action in establishing violence-free lives, provides advocacy with other social service agencies and the criminal justice system and helps prevent family violence through public awareness and education. The shelter operates a 24-hour crisis line, with trained counselors and requires personal contact with the abused victim prior to admission. This contact is made through Helpline. The hotline number is (256) 716-1000.

Help put an end to the cycle of family violence, call HELPLINE at (256) 716-1000. Counselors can put you in touch with a number of agencies that can provide beneficial services.

How Does Your Relationship Compare??



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