It is much more common than you think.
What is domestic violence?Domestic violence is abuse by a caregiver, a parent, a spouse or an intimate partner. It can take many forms. Here are some types of abuse: Physical abuse is the use of physical force; sexual abuse means any forced sexual activity; emotional abuse includes threats, constant criticism and put-downs. Controlling access to money and controlling activities are other abusive behaviors.
People who are hurt by their partners or parents do not cause the abuse. Alcohol and drugs do not cause abuse, although they can make the violence worse. Abuse can begin, continue and increase during pregnancy.
If possible, take house keys, money and important papers with you. Do not use drugs or alcohol at this time because you need to be alert in a crisis. The staff members at emergency shelters can help you file for a court order of protection.
Domestic violence center W. Chester 610 431 1430
Crime victims center Inc www.cvcofcc.org 610 692 7420
Crime victims center of Chester Co. Sexual assault 610 692 7273
Chester Co Legal aid services 610 436 4510National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline