|WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?|
|WHAT IS BATTERING?|
|WHO IS BATTERED?|
|HOW CAN I GET HELP?|
|WHAT IF I'M NOT READY TO LEAVE YET?|
|HOW DO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FIND US?|
|WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T HAVE SPACE?|
|WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SHELTER STAY?|
|HOW CAN I HELP?|
|DOES YOUR AGENCY OFFER TRAINING?|
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What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life - therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.
Sources: National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Center for Victims of Crime, and WomensLaw.org.
What is Battering?
Battering is a pattern of coercive behavior used to establish power and control over another person.
Who is Battered?
The largest percentage of individuals battered are women; “85% of domestic violence victims are women.” (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.) In all cultures, rural and urban individuals of all religious, ethnic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds and of varying ages, physical abilities and lifestyles can be affected by domestic violence. There is not a typical woman who will be battered - the risk factor is being born female.
Battered individuals may also include; heterosexual males; immigrant and refugee women; children; Individuals with physical, psychiatric and cognitive disabilities; pregnant women; older women; rural women; same sex partners; and teens.
How Can I Get Help?
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
Victim Response, Inc./The Lodge (305) 693-1170
North Dade Victim Center (305) 758-2546
South Dade Victim Center (305) 247-4249
Rape Treatment Center (305) 585-5185
Switchboard of Miami (305) 358-4357
Women’s Shelter of Hope (305) 888-5001
MUJER (305) 247-1388
What if I’m Not Ready To Leave Yet?
Read our Safety Plan.
How do Domestic Violence Victims find us?
What happens if we don’t have space?
There are many individuals looking for shelter and not nearly enough beds available. At The Lodge, we always offer an alternative.
• Safety Planning is completed with all hotline callers
What happens after shelter stay?
• Direct Relief
How can I help?
Does your agency offer training?
See our Training page.
See our Statistics page.
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