Intimate partner violence or abuse, often referred to as domestic violence, can be any physical, emotional, sexual or psychological action that one person uses to gain power or control over another.
Anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, race or gender, can be affected by intimate partner violence, and it is important to know the resources available to get help if or when you might need it.
That’s why October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in three women will experience intimate partner or domestic violence in their lifetime. Young people ages 16-24 are most likely to experience intimate partner violence.
Though it can be difficult to come forward when someone you care about is hurting you or a loved one, having the right resources available can help and provide hope.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, you can call the toll-free hotline anytime at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health offers additional free resources to anyone facing intimate partner violence. You’ll find help hotlines where you can speak to a counselor 24/7, steps to take to get to safety if you’ve been a victim of assault, information on date rape drugs and much more.