Domestic violence occurs when one partner exerts control over the other while dating, during marriage, or cohabitation. Domestic abuse involves injuring someone, such as a spouse, partner, or other family members within the domestic setting. The injuries caused by domestic violence can be either physical or emotional and the effects of domestic abuse often result in lifelong issues long after the victim has left the abusive environment.

Some examples are:

  • Kicks, pushes, hits, slaps, or other types of physical attacks

  • Curses, yells, or calls you names

  • Threatens to kill you, someone you love, or a pet

  • Forces you to have sex

  • Threatens your job security

  • Threatens to report you to the police

  • Threatens to have you deported

  • Threatens to take your children

  • Not allowing you to see friends or family

  • Not allowing you to get medical help or social services

  • Controls all or most of the money

  • Possessive or extremely jealous

  • Misrepresents you to important persons in your life

Domestic Violence and Abuse – does not discriminate.

There is no typical victim profile for domestic violence and abuse. All types of domestic violence can occur in every socioeconomic group, educational and religious background, age group, culture, and nation; and it can happen in same-sex relationships as well as traditional heterosexual ones. Even though a typical victim doesn't exist, certain women do have a greater risk of becoming victims of domestic violence and abuse:

  • Women living in poverty

  • Women with physical disabilities

  • Women with mental illness

  • Women without a network of support and few resources

If you or someone you know is in danger, they should contact one of the emergency shelters in our area that are hidden in secure, confidential locations.

Local to Orlando: 

Harbor House – (407) 886-2856 or Safehouse of Seminole – (407) 330-3933.


National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224


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