Domestic violence is more than just the physical violence between an intimate couple. Law enforcement and the courts can intervene with the physical violence. However, the complete dynamics of domestic violence are often overlooked or misunderstood. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors designed to control another person.
According to the CDC, there are four main types of abuse.
This tactic is the most misunderstood. Often physical violence is attributed to anger management issues, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness or money problems. In reality, physical violence is used to ensure one partner obeys the abusive partner. Physical violence includes scratching, pushing, shoving, throwing, grabbing, biting, choking, hitting, use of weapons and restraints.
There are three categories of sexual violence: 1) abusive sexual contact; 2) threatening to or forcing someone to engage in sexual activities against her or his will; 3) attempted or completed sexual act with someone who is unable to consent due to intoxication, incapacity, or coercion.
The abusive partner uses words, weapons or actions to intimidate and create fear of injury or death to the victim or the victim’s family and friends.
This form of violence is the most prevalent and includes humiliation, controlling, isolation, diminishing self-worth, and denying access to funds and basic resources. Stalking is included in this category.
Not all domestic violence relationships encompass all these types of violence, but Violet’s story is fairly common. It is important for everyone to understand these dynamics and the truth about domestic violence.
Working with her Safe Nest Advocate, Violet enrolled her children in school, and after no contact with family for several years, she was finally able to talk to her parents. Violet worked with her Advocate on a new safety plan. She reunited with her family and is starting over.
Safe Nest’s Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 702-646-4981.
Safe Nest is Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive agency dealing solely with domestic violence issues. Serving over 50,000 victims, perpetrators and children annually; Safe Nest focuses on four core services help end domestic violence in our community.
The shelter component provides emergency 24-hour intake, 24-hour hotline services.
The counseling component includes therapy programs conducted in Las Vegas, Boulder City and Mesquite. Counseling is available for victims, perpetrators, children and teens, with sessions in both English and Spanish.
The advocacy component provides counselors both on-site and in the field to assist clients traversing the legal system.
The prevention component provides classes, programs and resources.