Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive, controlling and violent behavior toward a partner in an intimate relationship. The behavior can take many forms from verbal abuse to threats, isolation from family and friends, intimidation, financial control, sexual or physical violence, damaging property or threatening to harm the victim's family, pets or, even, themselves. This can happen on a regular basis, or only on occasion.

People who are abused often think they are to blame or that their situation is hopeless. If you feel this way, are being hurt or abused, it is not your fault and we can help.

Unsure if you are a victim of abuse? If you answer yes to any of these, you may need help. Call us. Has your partner ever:

  • Hit, kicked, shoved, strangled or hurt you in any physical way
  • Been constantly or violently jealous
  • Screamed at you, put you down, threatened, ridiculed or criticized you repeatedly
  • Punched the wall or broken things in anger
  • Consistently blamed you for their problems
  • Used or threatened to use a gun, knife or other weapon against you
  • Told you no one will believe you
  • Kept you from seeing your friends or family
  • Coerced or forced you to participate in sexual acts
  • Kept your paycheck from you or restricted access to your money
  • Relentlessly called, texted, IM'd, emailed or used other forms of technology to harass you
  • Followed or stalked you

Read more about Domestic Violence Law in Massachusetts. There are many resources available to victims of domestic violence.