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What Is Family Violence? Statistics, Types, and Prevention

Family violence manifests itself in many forms and can have lasting effects for those involved, including children, parents, and spouses. Social workers play a vital role in helping individuals prevent, recognize, and recover from family violence.

Though incidents of family violence can often be difficult to acknowledge and resolve, social services are crucial in helping people heal from volatile experiences and rebuild their lives.

What Is Family Violence?
Family violence (aka domestic violence) is a broad term that encompasses many different forms, so it can be difficult to define exactly what family violence is. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, family violence can include emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse. It can occur between any family members, such as spouses, partners, co-habitants, parents and children, and caregivers and children.

People often use family violence to exert power and control in their relationships due to jealousy, feelings of inferiority, low self-esteem, psychological disorders, anger issues, or issues with drugs or alcohol. This violence is never justified, regardless of the issues, the abuser may be experiencing.

Family violence can include felony or misdemeanor crimes. These crimes can occur as isolated incidents or be repeated over time, causing years of trauma or injury to the abused. As a result, this type of domestic violence can have a substantially negative impact on an individual’s short- and long-term behavioral patterns. It can also have a lasting effect on children’s physical, emotional, and psychological development.

Family violence doesn’t just affect the victim of the abuse, but also other relations and immediate family members. For example, parents who fight or engage in violent acts with each other can cause emotional and psychological harm to their children.
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Child Abuse
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How to Prevent Family Violence


Report Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in serious harm or death to older Americans. It’s critical to report nursing home abuse to protect your loved ones and hold facilities accountable. Learn how you can report nursing home abuse.
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Nursing home abuse is a serious crime that can quickly worsen and even turn deadly if not stopped. There are many avenues through which you can report nursing home abuse. These include local, state, and national agencies.
If your loved one is in immediate danger or having a medical emergency, dial 911 to report nursing home abuse
Nursing home abuse can also be reported by:

Calling a nursing home abuse hotline
Connecting with a long-term care ombudsman
Contacting your state’s adult protective services (APS)
Working with doctors and other medical personnel
By reporting suspected abuse, you can open an investigation into an older person’s well-being. You may even be able to hold nursing facilities legally accountable if they harmed your loved one.
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Alberta (AB) Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Handbook: for Police and Crown Prosecutors in Alberta

Edmonton Police Services Domestic Violence
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Manitoba (MB) Domestic Violence

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Online Dating Safety Guide for Women
Online dating is a great way to meet your future partner. Last year alone, twice as many marriages occurred between men and women who met online versus couples who met in bars, clubs and at other social events combined.
If you’re new to online dating and considering jumping aboard the Tinder bandwagon, it’s worth taking the time to protect yourself and be safe.
Online dating is fraught with potential dangers both online and offline. From scammers to sex offenders, you need to be aware of all the risks involved.
And with women most at risk (70% of online scams are targeted at females), we put together this online dating safety guide to help protect you from getting hurt along the way.
Take a look at the infographic below to ensure a safe and enjoyable online dating experience in your quest for love.

Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) Domestic Violence

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Making the Links in Family Violence Cases: Collaboration among the Family, Child Protection and Criminal Justice Systems
Family violence responses by jurisdiction - Newfoundland and Labrador

 Violence Prevention Initiative
The Violence Prevention Initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador reflects government’s commitment to addressing the problem of violence in this province. The Initiative is a multi-departmental, government - community partnership to find long term solutions to the problem of violence against those most at risk in our society - women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal women and children and other people who are vulnerable to violence because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status. The Violence Prevention Initiative is coordinated by the Women's Policy Office
Nova Scotia (NS) Domestic Violence

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Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Resource Centre

Women's Centres Connect
A strong, supportive voice on issues of concern to women and adolescent girls that offers a list of women's centres across Nova Scotia.
Transition House Association of Nova Scotia
Provides counseling and support to victims of violence. Some second stage housing may also provide this service.
Men's Intervention Program
Offers services to men who have been abusive towards their partner/ex-partner and /or children.

Yukon Territory (YT) Domestic Violence
Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre
Mission Statement: The Women's Centre is a safe and respectful space where women connect with each other, access support and services and work together to create positive change for women and the community. We are committed to promoting women's equality and well-being. We do so by raising awareness, educating, networking and collaborating with Government and Non-Government Organizations.

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Navigating financial help when leaving an abusive relationship
It may be hard to leave a violent relationship if you’re financially dependent on the other person. Here’s our guide on how you can do it

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Domestic violence is a prevalent problem. While not all domestic violence happens to women, they are disproportionately affected by it.
One in four women aged 18 and older in the U.S. has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Nearly half of all women nationwide have experienced psychological aggression by their spouse or significant other. Yet due to victim stigmatization and social tendency to avoid the topic, this problem doesn’t get talked about enough – and neither do the solutions.
A woman living in a cycle of violence may feel invisible and trapped. Leaving an abusive relationship might not seem like an option. She might be scared of what will happen if she leaves or worried about taking her kids with her. Or, she might still have feelings for her abuser.
Additionally, she might think it’s impossible to leave because she’s financially dependent on him.
We want every woman in an abusive relationship to know there’s help and getting out is possible.
These fears are valid, but it doesn’t mean there’s no hope. We want every woman in an abusive relationship to know there’s help, and that getting out is possible. Read on to learn about tools you can use to get to financial freedom.
Getting financial help when escaping violence
How financial abuse traps women in violent relationships
Planning to get out of an abusive household
Financial assistance for domestic violence survivors
Domestic violence in times of crisis
Taking the first steps toward your financial freedom


If you are a victim of domestic violence, it’s possible your abuser has used technology to control you — and may still be doing so even if you’ve left the relationship.

According to “Tech Abuse: Information From the Field,” a 2018 survey by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), “technology misuse is often intertwined with other forms of abuse survivors are facing in their daily life.” Only 11% of domestic violence advocates surveyed had not encountered cases involving tech misuse over the past year. Fifty-one percent of the respondents had worked with 1 to 15 cases of technology misuse, and 12% had seen more than 50 cases in that same year. The type of technology misuse reported ranged from spying with hidden cameras to intimidation and threats via technology to recording devices placed inside a personal item.
That same survey showed that only 13% of domestic violence advocates feel totally confident that they have the skills to help victims and survivors with their concerns and challenges involving technology.

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*Understanding the Technology Around You
*Use Tech to Your Benefit
*Secure Your Home
*Incorporating Smart Tech Into Your Home and Life
*Know You’re Not Alone
*If You Are In Danger

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911, but if you are experiencing domestic violence and seeking help, resources or information, confidential trained advocates are available 24/7/365 at no cost through the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Abusive Relationships: A Guide to Prevention and Intervention
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an extensive, serious issue, both in the United States and around the world. Also referred to as “domestic violence,” or abusive relationships, this problem affects millions of people each year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people experience physical violence from an intimate partner every minute of the day, which amounts to roughly 10 million cases of abuse each year.
Though it is common, IPV is completely preventable, and no one ever needs or deserves to experience violence from a romantic partner. Actually preventing IPV, however, can be incredibly difficult. This issue doesn’t just stem from the choices of individuals who perpetrate domestic violence; it’s a societal problem that requires significant changes on a larger scale. To effectively end the issue of IPV, individuals, families, medical professionals, and communities need to know about different strategies and resources for prevention and intervention that are available.
This guide from Rider University Online will outline a number of different strategies and resources for IPV prevention and intervention. It will define IPV, explain the different behaviors that full under this larger umbrella, discuss how IPV differs from domestic violence, and describe some of the most common signs of abuse you need to be aware of. Further, it will outline both the risk and protective factors associated with IPV before examining some of the different approaches to prevention and intervention. Even if you or someone you know hasn’t been affected by this issue, it’s important for everyone to be prepared to intervene in situations involving IPV, and to do whatever they can to prevent it from happening in the future.

A Guide to Ending Dating Violence Against Women
One of the most common paradigms in which women experience violence are those in which they're supposed to feel the safest
Dating Violence - Stop Violence Against Women
It is a tragic, alarming, and utterly preventable cultural reality that women suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in practically every area of life. Antiquated gender roles, predatory societal figures, and a general lack of awareness all contribute to an ugly mosaic of mistreatment of women that has become astonishingly normalized and commonplace, even in the United States of 2019. This mistreatment permeates practically every environment, from our everyday social relationships to one of the most intimate, where women are supposed to feel the safest—their romantic relationships.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in three women have been the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, one in five have experienced rape, and on average, nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. What’s even more alarming is that many of these incidents go unreported and never see the light of day. Solving the systemic problem of dating violence that impacts so many women requires creating an atmosphere of transparency of incidents, heightened accountability for offenders, and support and advocacy for victims. These conditions must be cultivated in both everyday life as well as in institutional paradigms.

Understanding the Me Too Movement: A Sexual Harassment Awareness Guide
The “Me Too” movement, which focuses on the experiences of sexual violence survivors, has earned a large response precisely because sexual harassment and sexual assault impact people every day. By sharing their own experiences, the movement’s proponents hope to show just how common sexual harassment is. The hope is that, if people are more aware of sexual harassment and how casually it is sometimes treated, then tolerance for it will decrease and support for victims will rise.

This guide from Maryville University Online will help you to understand the origins of the Me Too movement, the facts about sexual harassment, and the options available for someone who has been sexually harassed.

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Welcome to Background - the only free online directory and portal dedicated to helping you find online public records and run an online background check. Start by using our state records below to find the information you need.

Domestic Violence Awareness Through Wristbands

Written By Michele Wheat

Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects individuals in all communities, regardless of age, gender, religion, race, economic status, orientation, or nationality. Domestic abuse is defined as the physical assault, willful intimidation, or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of control and power perpetrated against one intimate partner by another. The severity and frequency of domestic violence varies greatly and can include emotional abuse, psychological, physical, or sexual violence. Domestic violence can result in injuries, trauma, and in the most severe instances, even death.

Dynamics of Domestic Violence

There is not a typical victim of domestic violence, with victims coming from all age groups, communities, and backgrounds. Domestic violence victims, contrary to popular belief, do not always lack self esteem, nor do they bring violence upon themselves. Violence often occurs in relationships when one person feels entitled to exert their control and power over their partner, choosing violence to do so. All relationships are different but the commonality in all abusive relationships is the tactics used by abusers to control and maintain power over their victims. Victims of domestic violence are often affected in all aspects of life. Even people who manage to escape their abusers often live with permanent mental and sometimes physical reminders of their abuse.

Signs of an Abuser
Why Do Victims Stay With Their Abusers?
Domestic Violence Statistics
Domestic Violence Awareness
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Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
When you need to reach out and talk to someone, call the Help Line.
Kamatsiaqtut is there for people who need some- one to talk to about their troubles. Sometimes even our biggest worries and fears don’t seem so scary if we talk about them with someone who is willing to listen.

In Inuktitut, Kamatsiaqtut means thoughtful people who care. Our trained volunteers are on the other end of the line seven nights a week, 365 nights a year from 7 p.m. to midnight (Baffin time). They come from many walks of life and when their working day has ended, are ready with a listening ear for those who need someone to talk to. All of our volunteers speak English and many speak Inuktitut and French.

Since the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line began taking calls on Jan. 15, 1990, it has been committed to helping people help themselves. Kamatsiaqtut volunteers don’t provide the answers to problems. They help people find their own answers by offering a safe, supportive, non-judging place to talk things out. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Kamatsiaqtut is for everyone, not just people in crisis. If you find yourself needing someone to talk to, whether you’re lonely, hurting, in distress or need someone to share good news with, give us a call.
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From Cape Cod to secluded woodland or metropolitan Boston, each of our facilities offer a comfortable setting with individualized treatment plans. Based on an initial assessment, our treatment specialists can help you choose the best location for you.

Ark Behavioral Health is accredited by The Joint Commission for addiction treatment services. Our mental and behavioral healthcare experts provide and design treatment plans with an individualized approach for your specific needs.

We use multiple treatment models to ensure your individual needs are met with an equal-level of compassion and clinical effectiveness.

Although our mission is to treat the health of New England residents, patients from all over the United States travel to our facilities due to our exceptional clinical care.

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Domestic violence (or intimate partner violence) is a violent pattern or behavior that causes harm to a romantic partner. The main goal of the abuser is to take control over the other person. When people get caught in this circle of violence, it is hard to get away from it without help. Usually, the abuser makes the victim think they are worthless and unable to live without them. That is why many victims do not think about leaving.
The outcome of such a situation could be tragic. Prolonged oppression, stalking, physical violence and rape can lead to traumas or many mental health disorders.
In many cases, alcohol or drug use is involved in the abuse. These substances lower self-control and make people more aggressive and hostile.

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Whether you’re looking to increase the IQ on your smart home or catch the neighborhood package thief, there’s no question a security system is a savvy purchase. In fact, a study from the University of North Carolina found that approximately 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target.

We spoke with eight industry experts — from product developers to house flippers — to create a cohesive guide to building your home security system. With dozens of components, and as many decisions to make, purchasing a system can be complicated. But it’s no shallow investment, and we’re here to help you make the most informed decision and design a system that will protect your home.


Domestic Violence Awareness Guide

Written by Michele Wheat
Domestic violence is one of the fastest growing problems that are faced primarily by women today. In fact, nearly one in three women have faced some type of violence from a partner in their life. Domestic violence and abuse has been in the news more frequently recently, but it is still a crime that most victims keep silent about.
Domestic violence and abuse can take many different forms. Domestic violence can be summarized as defined by the FBI as "behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner in a relationship." Despite the dangers that the abused person is in, it is an issue that is not reported enough because of fear of retaliation.
Looking at the warning signs is a way that victims and others can spot possible abuse. The warning signs can vary from physical signs such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones to emotional signs such as a drastic change in mood. Friends and family should also be on the alert for these signs. If spotted, the victim should be urged to consider ways to be protected.
Domestic violence and abuse is a large problem in our society today and help is available. Many agencies are available to assist victims in removing them from the situation. If not, victims of domestic abuse are running the risk of serious injury or even death, to them or their children. Below are several resources to learn more about the problem of domestic violence and abuse. We hope this information can be helpful to you or others that are contending with an abusive relationship. Please feel free to share this information with others in need.

What is Domestic Violence? - Domestic Violence Statistics - Warning Signs of Abuse and Violence - Stopping and Helping Domestic Violence Victims - Domestic Abuse and Violence Resources

A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence,
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Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.

Domestic Violence Resource Directory - USA

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
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Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

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Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

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Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

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Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

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Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
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Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

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