What is domestic violence? Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse. Batterers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to maintain power over their victims. Domestic abuse impacts everyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or religion—including transgender individuals, same-sex relationships and men as victims.
Are you in an abusive relationship? Are you in danger? Are you afraid of your partner? Does your partner threaten to hurt you? Does your partner control all the money? Has your partner ever pushed you, shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex? Does your partner stalk you and show up uninvited at your job or when you’re out with friends?
If this environment sounds like yours, feelings of hopelessness, desperation, confusion and isolation are common. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. You are NOT alone, and you can get help. OneEighty is the primary service provider in the area for individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in area, with a domestic violence shelter in Wooster and victim advocacy services available for those living in Wayne County and Holmes County.
Please take a moment to watch the following video from OneEighty and Wooster Community Hospital if you are in an unsafe situation or have been sexually assaulted. CLICK HERE