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Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is the use of physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and/or financial abuse by a person to exert power and control over their partner.   

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, economic status, education, church affiliation, or gender.  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner resulting in injury, hospitalization, and/or death.

Domestic violence is not always physical or visible.  Threats and coercion, isolation from friends and family, verbal abuse, intimidation, stalking and using children are also ways in which abusers gain control over their partners.  

Children exposed to domestic violence are at higher risk of experiencing long term physical and psychological problems (depression, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, heart disease).

Domestic violence is a crime that has increased during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  If you or someone you know needs help, please contact these confidential hotlines:

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline

1-800-942-6906 (24 hours)


NYC Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-621-4673 or 311 (24 hours)

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