National Domestic Violence Hotline
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
April - Sexual Assault
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Falling under the definition of sexual assault is sexual activity such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It includes sexual acts against people who are unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity.
February - Teen Dating Violence
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
1) the length of the relationship
2) the type of relationship
3) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
January - Stalking
Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
For more information, please visit the Office of Violence Against Women’s website.
This project is supported by grant no. 2011-WR-AX-0031 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women,
U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this
publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.