Domestic violence impacts the lives of many women, children, and families. Its consequences can be serious.
In this section you will find information about resources that can help if you are experiencing domestic violence. You will also read about federal and local laws regarding domestic violence, including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which regulates housing policy.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that occurs between family members and/or intimate partners. The perpetrator uses violence against intimate partners to gain power and control over them. Intimate partners can include your current or former husband or wife or boyfriend or girlfriend, your child's mother or father, or a partner who you live with or used to live with. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse. It occurs in every country, in every neighborhood, among people of all races, cultures, religions, and income levels. It can happen to you no matter how old you are, whether you are male, female, or gender non-binary, and no matter what your sexual orientation is. Domestic violence is a crime.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 311 or 800-621-HOPE (4673).
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