Domestic violence is physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse inflicted by an intimate partner or family member and crosses all class, racial, and educational lines. Victims of domestic violence suffer devastating effects including physical pain, loss of self-esteem, forced dependency, anxiety, terror, and depression. In addition to creating an atmosphere of fear at home, the stress and tension of living with violence extends beyond the home. It affects ones ability to function in the work place or at school and relationships to family members and friends.
Sexual violence is either sexual harassment, sexual abuse or sexual assault and can be inflicted by an intimate partner, family member, acquaintance or stranger. Like domestic violence it crosses all class, racial, and educational lines. Victims of sexual violence suffer devastating emotional affects such as depression, anxiety, low self worth, guilt and traumatic memories. Life after sexual violence can be disrupted and coping with the affects can be very difficult without support.
If you want more information, know someone who needs help, or are yourself a victim/survivor; please click on the links in this section. If you need immediate help, please call 911 for police assistance or contact our 24-hour hotline at 815-756-5228.
DV Myths and Facts
Early Warning Signs
Types of Abuse
Stages in an Abusive Relationship
Cycle of Violence
Power and Control Wheel
Effects of Abuse on Kids
Teen Dating Violence
Orders of Protection