Definitions to Know
Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.
Protection Order is a document that is signed by a judge that offers civil protection from domestic violence.
- For information about the different types of protection orders and how to obtain a protection order in the state of Ohio, please click here.
Domestic Violence Includes the Following
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk for nonfatal intimate partner violence.
- 30% of college students have been in relationships that involve physical aggression.
*Statistics from Ncadv.org
Questions to Assess if You Are in an Abusive Relationship
- Are you frightened of your partner’s temper and walk on eggshells around him/her so he/she does not explode?
- Does your partner isolate you from your family/friends?
- Does your partner control what you do, what you wear, or where you go?
- Do you express your opinions and state your needs less and less?
- Are you afraid that your partner would kill himself/herself if you left him?
- Do you do what your partner says in order to avoid trouble?
- Have you been forced to have sex against your will?
- Have you been hit, choked, locked up, slapped, shoved, threatened, tied up, burned, or bitten?
- Does your partner act extremely jealous?
- Does your partner blame abusive behavior on alcohol or drugs?
- Does your partner destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
- Does your partner humiliate you or yell at you?
- Does your partner act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
Why People Stay in Abusive Relationships
- Economic and financial dependence
- Religious, cultural, or societal views
- Any attempt by the survivor to consult authorities is seen as a threat to the abuser and the victim may be battered for her/his attempts for help
- May think that no one will believe her/him
- The survivor may think it is her/his fault
- The honeymoon period: the batterer may be loving, apologetic, quiet, and seem sincere
- Ohio Domestic Violence NetworkThis is an organization working to support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence. It includes a list of the different domestic violence resources based in Ohio.