Importance of Understanding Domestic Violence The U. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today.
Understanding the definition of domestic violence can help you take action against it.
The Power and Control Wheel below shows the many of the different tactics abusers use to exert their power.
The Equality Wheel shows the same areas and how they are handled in a non-abusive relationship.
Maybe you have lived with abuse, maybe it happened just once; maybe you work or live next to someone who is being abused right now.
If this booklet applies to you, you just need to remember two things: first, abuse is never okay; second, you are not alone. Your safety as well as the ones attached to you is a priority.
Injunctions for Protection Against may be issued against an individual with whom you have or had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
It is determined by consideration of such facts as the dating relationship existed within the past six months, the nature of the relationship included an expectation of affection or sexual involvement and the frequency and type of interaction between you and the individual included involvement over time and on a continued basis.
Many forms of abuse are included in the definition of domestic violence: Who Can be Victims of Domestic Violence The definition of domestic violence goes on to say that victims can include anyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, education level, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.New Hope advocates are available to provide private and confidential services to students or staff in need of support around unhealthy or abusive relationships with friends, family members, or dating partners.Advocates are available by appointment at high, middle, or elementary schools.The Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence is available for those individuals not covered by the Domestic Violence Injunctions.These are sometimes filed against neighbors, friends, or co-workers.
A person who is the victim of sexual violence or the parent or legal guardian of a minor child who is living at home who is the victim of sexual violence has standing in the circuit court to file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against sexual violence on his or her own behalf or on behalf of the minor child if: The person has reported the sexual violence to a law enforcement agency and is cooperating in any criminal proceedings against the respondent, regardless of whether criminal charges based on the sexual violence have been filed, reduced or dismissed by the state attorney, or the respondent who committed the sexual violence against the victim or minor child was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in state prison for the sexual violence and the respondent's term of imprisonment has expired or is due to expire within 90 days following the date the petition is filed.