Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
The YWCA Dayton is a confidential domestic violence service provider in Montgomery and Preble counties. We serve the Miami Valley by offering a wide variety of programs including prevention, intervention, education, advocacy and clinical services.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior that allows one person in the relationship to have power and control over the other person. For example:
Forms of Abuse
Abuse is a form of control that can leave you feeling ashamed and alone. The following forms of abuse are some of the tactics that an abuser may use to have power over you in a relationship.
May include: hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, strangling, smothering, using or threatening to use weapons, shoving, destroying property, hurting and denying medical treatment.
May include: physically forcing sex, which makes you feel fearful about saying no to sex, or forcing you to have sex with other partners. Also, forcing you to participate in demeaning or degrading sexual acts including violence, name-calling, denying contraception and/or protection from STDs.
May include: put downs, criticism, name calling, acting superior, minimizing the abuse or blaming you for their behavior, threatening and making you feel fearful, or isolating you from family and friends. Also, excessive jealousy, accusing you of having affairs, watching where you go, and who you talk to.
May include: giving you an allowance, not letting you have your own money, hiding family assets, running up debt, interfering with your job, and ruining your credit.
YOU CANNOT CONTROL YOUR PARTNER’S VIOLENCE. You CAN make choices about how to respond if violence occurs. Planning ahead can increase safety for you and your children. Here are some suggestions:
Red Flags of ABUSE
Early warning signs of abuse when your partner:
Wants to move too quickly into the relationship, and doesn’t honor your boundaries.