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What is

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an escalating, on-going pattern of abuse where one partner in an intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence.

Abuse Comes in Many Forms

Physical: Kicking, punching, shoving, slapping, pushing, and any other acts that hurt your body.

Sexual: Calling you vulgar names, criticizing your body parts or sensuality, forced or pressured sexual acts, including rape.

Emotional: Assaults against your self-esteem.

Verbal: Name-calling, threats, put-downs.

Psychological: Causing you to feel as if you are “going crazy”.

Spiritual: Attacking your spiritual or religious beliefs.

Financial: Controlling and manipulating you by threatening your economic status and basic needs.

Homophobic: Threatening to “out” you to people who do not know your sexual orientation.

Immigration: Using your immigration status and fear of deportation to control you.

Destructive Acts: Actual or threatened assault of your property or pets to scare you.

What do I do Next?

Wesley Shelter is dedicated to providing the answers and support you need. We can help you navigate through the services and support that you need to begin the healing process.


Call our main crisis line at 252-291-2344 and speak to a victim advocate. All calls are free and confidential. 

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