Programs & Services
You are not alone. Understanding abuse can be difficult and confusing – whether it is happening to you or someone you love. Abuse is not simply physical harm. It is any pattern of controlling behavior — emotional, physical, financial, sexual, or verbal — it can be any or all of those. The important thing to recognize is that it is simply this – when one person exerts power over another. It could be withholding food or financial support, threatening with custody of the children, or humiliation in public or private, or controlling how you move around in the community. When any behavior is used to control another person – this is abuse.
The first step to recognize that there is violence in your life or the life of a loved one and reaching out to get some help with understanding what you can do about it.