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Domestic Violence

If you are a domestic violence victim call 9-1-1. You may also find guidance at the Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Center 24 hour crisis line 663-7446, or the Family Law Court Facilitator 662-6380 or 662-6156 for help with protection orders.

The Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-6025. The National Domestic Violence Hot Line is 1-800-656-7233. The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network phone number is 1-800-656-4673.

Why Get Help?; The Danger is Real:

If you are controlling or have a controlling partner, don't ignore these behaviors. They are learned behaviors that one person uses to intimidate and manipulate. They are destructive and dangerous. Every year, thousands of women are seriously hurt or killed by their husbands or partners.

If the abuse continues without outside help, the abusing partner may risk being arrested, going to jail, or losing the relationship.

What Hurts You Hurts Your Children

Children get hurt when they see their parents being yelled at, pushed or hit. They may feel scared and ashamed or think they caused the problem. Children grow up learning that it's okay to hurt other people or let other people hurt them. A third of all children who see their mothers beaten develop emotional problems. Boys who see their fathers beat their mothers are ten times more likely to be abusive in their adult intimate relationships.

Everyone Has the Right to Feel Safe in a Relationship

Domestic violence hurts all family members. When a person is abusive, he or she eventually loses the trust and respect of his or her partner. Abused partners are afraid to communicate their feelings and needs. With help, people who are abusive can learn to be non-violent.

What Are The Warning Signs?
Disagreements develop from time to time in relationships. Domestic violence is not a disagreement. It is a whole pattern of behaviors used by one partner to establish and maintain power and control over the other. These behaviors can become more frequent and intense over time.

The abusive person is responsible for these behaviors. That person is the only one who can change them.

Don't wait until you and the ones you love get hurt. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Does Your Partner

If you experience or use any of these behaviors, you could be in danger of getting hurt or hurting the people you love.

How Can I Help Others?

We've learned not to let friends drive drunk. We've learned to help stop crimes. How can you approach a friend in trouble?

If you think a person is being abused