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Domestic Violence

Partner violence is never your fault.  Get help now!  Call 1-800-621-4673 or 311 keyword Partner Violence.

Domestic Violence includes all types of violence that happen at home or to someone who lives in your home, including child abuse, partner violence, and elder abuse.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is any violence or coercive behavior by someone against a lover, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Are you in an unhealthy relationship?

  • Intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence are about power and control.
  • Violence is always wrong. 
  • Violence is against the law. 
  • Violence is never the victim's fault. 
  • There are many ways to get help, and you are not alone.

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Some women remain in abusive relationships during and after pregnancy out of a desire to be a good mother and to protect their children. The March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Education Center provides information for women experiencing abuse during pregnancy. Resources for adult and teen victim/survivors of IPV also can help those experience abuse during pregnancy.

Get Help

  1. Call 911:  If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Call 1-800-621-HOPE:  To find out more about getting help and getting safe when you are not in immediate danger, you can call the City's Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-621-HOPE or 1-800-621-4673). Or call 311 and ask for the Hotline.  Both are available 24 hours a day.  Assistance is available in multiple languages and includes help with:
    • Temporary housing to get away from an abuser.
    • Leaving the relationship, temporarily or permanently.
    • Counseling or other social services.
    • A court order of protection or an arrest warrant

  3. Talk to a Health Care Provider:  You can also talk to a health care provider about your fears.  Health care providers include your regular doctor, a nurse, or any other medical professional at an emergency room, hospital, clinic or doctor's office.

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