Is it abuse?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.
Domestic violence is also called domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, or dating violence. It may include sexual assault. People most often think of domestic violence as physical abuse, but that’s only part of the picture. Many victims are never physically or sexually assaulted but are controlled and terrorized by their partners’ use of non-physical tactics such as: verbal, emotional/psychological abuse; coercion and threats; isolation; minimizing, denying, blaming; using children; intimidation; and economic abuse.
If you or someone you know is being abused. . .
Finding Safety and Support is a comprehensive guide for both survivors and helpers with up-to-date information about the problem of adult domestic violence, safety planning, and getting help from domestic violence services, the police, and the courts.
- Understanding the Problem
- Getting Safe
- The Police and Courts
- Specific Populations
- Friends, Family and Co-workers
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted…
- Sexual Assault Violence Response (SAVR) Resources
This SUNY website provides students with information to seek resources and support, and to report the crime to law enforcement and the campus. It can also be used by the public as it provides an extensive list of state-wide resources for anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence or stalking.
- Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Programs
Sexual Assault Examiner Locator Interactive Map. New York's Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Programs were established in 1995 to improve the delivery of emergency care to sexual assault victims. While each program follows basic protocols, programs incorporate unique elements as needed by their service area. Sexual assault examiners and rape crisis counselors work together as a team to provide optimal care for sexual assault victims.
- Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse
This information guide was developed to assist professionals who work with domestic violence victims, in their efforts to address the combined trauma of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
More Helpful Resources
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