Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors that are used by one partner to gain and maintain power and control over another intimate partner.

These behaviors are used to coerce, intimidate, harass, humiliate, manipulate, blame, injure, frighten, terrorize and otherwise harm the person. 


Anyone who has ever been in an intimate relationship is a potential victim.

  • Statistics show that over half of all American families experience domestic violence at least once; for 30-40%, it is ongoing.
  • In 50-70% of violent families, the children are also abused.
  • Anyone, no matter what race, sexual orientation, gender or religious background can be a victim.

Rise advocates recognize that Domestic Violence is a repeating pattern and that recovery from either Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault can be a lengthy process. While our advocates are not professional counselors, they do understand. They are trained to assess your needs, identify and discuss your options, access available services and provide information and referrals to other agencies available to help with your long-term issues. Rise also has a court advocate on staff to explain and assist with the legal process, including help with filing of restraining orders.

Make a Personal Safety Plan 

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