Davie has domestic violence hotline

Published 1:47 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence happens when one person believes he/she is entitled to maintain coercive control over their partner.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Violence may consist of physical, sexual, coercive, financial, and/or technological abuse.

Often times victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence are hesitant to reach out for help for fear that the violence will increase, fear of losing their children, fear the batterers will take the children or harm them or another family member.  In addition to fear, victims often times have limited resources to seek help and/or leave the batterer.  The lack of resources may be but not limited to; financial means, transportation, childcare, employment, food, clothing, medical care, and housing.

Domestic violence does not discriminate-it impacts people regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or education.

If you or a loved one have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, you are not alone, and there is help. Davie Center for Violence Prevention is available 24/7 to provide support, information and create a plan for safety. All services are voluntary, free and confidential.

Davie Center for Violence Prevention crisis line is 336-751-(HELP) 3457.