What is Domestic Abuse?
A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Repeated or unwanted behavior from an individual that is harassing, intimidating, or threatening. Stalking is most common in intimate partner relationships. Many times there will be an increase in stalking behavior upon leaving a controlling relationship.
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. shall make every effort to provide services to eligible individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, gender, disability status, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, immigration status, language spoken, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.