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Learn About Abuse

Abuse is a complex and dynamic set of harmful and coercive behaviors exhibited by individuals in order to gain and then maintain power and control over another individual.

The information related to abuse is organized in the outline below.  Please click the headings below to learn more about abuse, including facts about abuse, myths about abuse, what to do if you suspect abuse and helpful links to outside organizations with more information about abuse.

Facts About Abuse

Definition of domestic abuse

Characteristics of domestic abuse

Forms of abuse

Why victims stay

The importance of safety planning


Myths About Abuse

Domestic abuse is a rare occurrence.

Domestic abuse is a private matter.

Domestic abuse does not occur in “normal” relationships.

The victim is somehow responsible for the abuse.

If You Suspect Abuse

Red flags of abuse in your own relationship

Questions to ask yourself

Warning signs of abuse in others

Questions to ask someone who may be in an abusive relationship

How to help others

Helpful Links About Abuse


Request an Educator

Would you like one of our professional Educators to speak to or appear at your school, organization, or community group to raise awareness about domestic or teen dating abuse?

Please submit a Request an Educator form and include as many details as possible such as your name, organization, contact information, dates requested and the topics you are intesersted in learning about.  One of our team members will contact you within 3 business days to discuss your needs and set up a date and time for one of our Educators to bring our educational programming to your organization or community group.

All Community Education services are free of charge.

More Information

We love hearing directly from members of our community.  If you would like more information or if you have a question regarding our free Community Education Services, please call 469-969-7254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for supporting survivors of abuse in our community!

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