Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
(South County & San Benito County)
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Prevention Corner


Intimate Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence


Unfortunately, intimate partner abuse (also known as domestic violence) continues to be a serious problem for countless women around the world. One in three women will be abused by their partner at some point in their life. Every nine seconds a woman is being abused by her partner. In the United States, more than five million women are abused by an intimate partner each year. Intimate Partner Abuse is the number one cause of injury to women in the United States. It is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans.


Intimate partner abuse is a reoccurring pattern of controlling, coercive, abusive and/or violent behavior in a romantic relationship. Abusers use different tactics to first exert and then maintain control over their partner. These tactics include physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse, as well as isolation and threats. This type of abuse can occur among heterosexual and same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. Intimate partner abuse can happen at any age.


As a community, we are all responsible for ending this horrific crime. One of the most important things you can do to help stop intimate partner abuse is to call the police if you witness a physical assault. Also, we must ensure that we hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. The question should never be why a victim stays; the question should always be why a perpetrator abuses.


Begin having conversations with your children about healthy relationships and modeling healthy relationships for them. If you have a friend or loved one who you suspect is being abused, talk to her/him and be nonjudgmental when discussing the abuse. Don’t be critical of your friend or his/her partner. Make sure you listen to your friend and believe him/her. Let your friend know that abuse and violence under any circumstance are unacceptable. Express your understanding, care, concern, and support. Lastly, focus on your friend’s strengths.


If you believe someone’s life is in danger, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know is being abused, please contact Community Solutions’ Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence 24-hour confidential hotline at 1.877.END.SADV (1.877.363.7238) (South County & San Benito County) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).