What is Domestic Violence?
Our Mission: Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter is committed to providing safety, shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence.
What is Domestic Violence? Domestic Violence is often not simply characterized by physical abuse. This description offers a comprehensive view.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
There are several warning signs that flag domestic abuse. Knowing what they are may save a friend or loved one.
Early Warning Signs of Abuse:
Unpredictable mood swings
Alcohol and drug use
Isolates you from friends and family
Uses force during an argument
Believes in rigid sex roles
Blames other for personal problems or feelings
Cruel to animals or children
Abused former partners
Threats of violence
Common clues that indicate a person may be experiencing domestic violence:
Physical signs of injury
Changes in mood or personality
Use of drugs/alcohol
WCCS hosts a variety of events throughout the year to support our programs and services. This August WCCS is partnering with Macy’s Shop For A Cause campaign. Each October WCCS hosts a unique Lip Sync event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Check out the latest news and upcoming events for more details.
Our Success Stories
For years, WCCS has changed the lives of abused partners. Read what some of them have to say.
Becky, 28 – “Breaking the cycle of violence is a difficult journey but it’s not impossible! I’ve learned so much. My mind is now filled with positive affirmations, dreams, and goals. Don’t get discouraged. Always think about what you want out of this life; set yourself goals. I know that you’ll be able to achieve them! I’ve always said that good things come at a hard price. But the end result will be greatness and happiness because you knew you could do it. Much luck.”
Gracelia, 20 – “I was at your shelter in 2004. I was 20 years old and had a 3-week-old daughter. I had just left her father who was physically and verbally abusive during my pregnancy. The help and resources I received at your shelter allowed my wounds to heal, and hearing the stories of other women in similar situations did too. Thank you for all you do and for helping me. I will forever be thankful.”
Escaping the Abuse. “Elena” entered WCCS in mid-October with her 7-month-old baby girl. She had been severely beaten by her partner while he held their baby in his arms. She and her baby were able to escape from him by getting on a bus to her vocational school.
But he followed and tried to forcibly take the child. Campus police stopped him and law enforcement was called. She was able to enter our shelter directly from the school and he was later arrested on a felony charge.
“Elena” received intense advocacy and therapy while in shelter. As a result, our client received full custody of her baby and all visitations for father were suspended for the next three years, almost unheard of through Children’s Court. Transitional housing was not available for our client, so “Elena” found a safe place to live with her maternal aunt, far from the location of her partner.
Some Quick Statistics. Here are a few things you should know about domestic abuse.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.