What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person with whom an intimate relationship is or has been shared through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
Domestic violence happens when one person believes that they are entitled to control another. Domestic violence may include not only the intimate partner relationships of spousal, live-in partners and dating relationships, also familial, elder and child abuse may be present in a violent home.
Abuse generally falls into one or more of the following categories: physical battering, sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse, and generally escalates over a period of time.
About New Life Center
New Life Center offers a comprehensive 120-day program that focuses on empowering survivors to live independent, violence-free lives. While in shelter survivors attend group advocacy and work with a personal family advocate to develop goals for a new life. A full-time Jobs Coordinator helps women gain the economic self-sufficiency needed to remain independent through job training, assistance with job interview skills, and resume building.
Domestic Violence Affects Everyone
Rural and urban women of all religious, ethnic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and of varying ages, physical abilities and lifestyles can be affected by domestic violence. There is not a typical woman who will be battered.
Children witnessing domestic violence and living in an environment where violence occurs may experience some of the same trauma as abused children. Not all children are affected by domestic violence in the same way.
Children may become fearful, inhibited, aggressive, antisocial, withdrawn, anxious, depressed, angry, confused; suffer from disturbed sleep, problems with eating, difficulties at school and challenges in making friends.
Children often feel caught in the middle between their parents and find it difficult to talk to either of them. Children may be injured if they try to intervene in the violence in their homes.
*Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2005