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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner to establish and maintain power and control.

Domestic violence occurs every 15 to 18 seconds in the United States.

Understanding the Issue

1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and statistics show that abuse cuts across all lines of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and gender. That means each one of us is affected by this epidemic.

Resources and Additional Information

Looking for more information about domestic violence? Here are a few places to start.

The Facts on Domestic, Dating and Sexual Violence (pdf)

Family Violence Prevention Fund

National Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors

Donate Now 24-hour Crisis Line 503.281-2442
Story Spotlight

There are some children who can narrate their entire history of domestic violence through their actions.

When 4-year old Isaac came to shelter, his verbal skills were delayed, common for many young children who have witnessed domestic violence. He hit, slapped, spit, and pulled hair of all other female participants- both child and adult- as easily as waving “hi”. Isaac would frequently throw his...  Read More »

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