Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, family violence, and dating violence, occurs throughout the country every day. It impacts victims and witnesses physically, psychologically, and socially. Unlike most other crimes, domestic violence is usually not a sudden, isolated, and unexpected incident. It may involve years of emotional and psychological trauma, as well as physical injuries that may become increasingly more severe and occur more frequently over time.
However, many victims do not view themselves as victims and do not realize that domestic violence is a crime perpetrated against them—and many others. Everyone has an important role in supporting victims of domestic violence—local law enforcement officers, child and family services workers, community leaders, educators, coaches, and parents. All are critical in identifying, intervening, and providing treatment in cases of domestic violence.
The following resources provide information on intimate partner violence.
- The Use of Children as a Tactic of Intimate Partner Violence and its Relationship to Survivors' Mental Health
- How Helpful Is Bystander Intervention? Perspectives of Dating and Sexual Violence Survivors
- The impact of COVID-19 on the safety, housing stability, and mental health of unstably housed domestic violence survivors
Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime.
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone or text at 855-484-2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.
Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.
If you are a teen in an abusive relationship or are concerned about someone's safety, please contact the Loveisrespect.org Helpline at 866–331–9474 or 866–787–3224 (TTY) by phone, by texting "LOVEIS" to 866–331–9474, or via live chat.
Visit the Loveisrespect.org website for more information.
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