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Family violence is when one partner in a relationship uses constant abusive methods to maintain power and control over another partner. This behavior is unacceptable in the U.S. because it has harmful effects on all family and community members such as physical injury, trauma, and even death. If you or someone you know is a victim of family violence, remember you are not alone and there are many organizations and people here ready to help at any time of the day.

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Physical: Hitting, kicking, biting, pushing, choking, pulling hair, damaging property, driving dangerously, threatening or hurting you with knives or other weapons, preventing you from leaving or getting help, abandoning you in unfamiliar places

Emotional: Name calling, intimidating, blackmailing, harassing, intentionally embarrassing you or hurting your feelings, blaming you for their abusive behavior, threatening you or those you care about (including pets), serially cheating on you, gaslighting (making you question your memory or sanity, ex: “Are you sure? You have a bad memory.”)

Sexual: Forcing sex, forcing sexual dress, forcing the watching of pornography, criticizing sexual performance, forcing or preventing abortions, using weapons or objects to hurt you during sex, intentionally passing on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Financial: Forbidding or limiting work, forbidding school attendance, refusing to contribute to
household finances, limiting your access to money, stealing money from you or those you care about, intentionally damaging your credit score

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Anyone can be a victim of family violence and it affects everyone regardless of age, race, gender, or economic status. Family violence victims can be husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc. Many people who are victims of family violence blame themselves for what is happening. But nothing a victim says or does ever justifies being abused.

Some victims of family violence do not ask for help because they are ashamed, do not want to leave their family, or are afraid. Family violence service providers understand and can help anyone in a family violence situation find the best solution for his or her family.

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Georgia State Domestic Violence Hotline
Call to get help finding services.
1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

International Women’s House
Provides services (safe house, legal counsel, support groups, skills training, youth programs, public benefits assistance, immigrant paperwork assistance) specifically to refugee and immigrant women and children.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call to get information about family violence or to get help finding services. All phone calls/online chats are confidential. Provides services in over 170 languages.
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Provides a safe house, skills training, youth programs, legal counsel, public benefits assistance, and support groups.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Refugee Family Violence Prevention Project
Provides crisis intervention and follow up services for refugee and immigrant women.

Helps navigate the U.S. legal system and find support services such as lawyers, safe housing, counseling, and clinics.

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
Provides free services including a safe house, legal counsel, and support groups.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Women Watch Afrika
Provides comprehensive counseling and crisis intervention services.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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