(DV) is a pattern of aggressive and intimidating behaviors used to control current and former intimate partners. DV is based on one person exerting power and control over another through a multitude of tactics.
(SV) is verbal or physical actions which break a person’s trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. The abuser seeks power by forcing participation in sexual acts through manipulation, fear, threats, force, and coercion.
This needs to be complete during all phases of an abusive relationship. If children are involved in the relationship, their safety should be carefully considered when designing the safety.
This is a policy intended to protect victims of domestic violence and hold batterers accountable for their actions.
How to Help Someone
Listen to the individual. Believe what they tell you. Allow them to talk but do not force a discussion. Tell them the abuse is not their fault. Remind them their partner chooses this behavior.
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