Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another. Domestic relationships include married partners, dating partners, family members, cohabitating partners, or ex-partners. Domestic violence includes any or all of the following forms of abuse:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional/verbal abuse
- Economic/financial abuse
Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, education, or gender.
- Is your partner routinely critical, hostile, and/or angry with you, your family and your friends?
- Do your partner’s needs take precedence over your own needs?
- Does your partner ignore or minimize your feelings and/or opinions?
- Is your partner’s anger unpredictable causing you to "walk on egg shells?”
- Does your partner routinely accuse you of flirting or being unfaithful?
- Does your partner blame you for their own abusive behavior?
- Does your partner limit your access to, or withhold money and/or credit cards?
- Does your partner pressure you sexually?
- Does your partner display excessive jealousy?
- Does your partner criticize or belittle the way you act, dress or respond?
- Does your partner make all decisions for the family/relationship?
- Does your partner restrain, push, hit or choke you? Or touch you in a hurtful or uncomfortable way?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you may be in an abusive relationship.
- Contact a domestic violence advocacy group or shelter.
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Call a crisis hotline.
- Develop a safety plan.
- Express your concern with non-judgment.
- Listen and validate.
- Offer help.
- Encourage them to get help.
- Support his or her decisions.
on Idaho laws concerning domestic violence, go to:
The Advocates can assist you by:
- Providing safe, short-term and emergency shelter
- Assisting with court protection orders
- Making counseling, financial and legal referrals
- Providing support groups and life skills classes
- Finding emergency clothing, food, and transportation
- Working with you through case management
- Providing services in English and Spanish
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- Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 208.788.6070 or 888.676.0066
- Crisis Hotline 208.726.3597
- Child Protection 208.734.4000
- The Advocates women's and children's support groups at 6:00 pm Tuesdays at the Shelter in Hailey or call regarding individual sessions.
- Teen Women's Group at Wood River High School, 208.788.3481
- PACE, Partner Abuse Education 208.788.5625
- Idaho Legal Aide 208.734.7024
- Volunteer Lawyer's 800.221.3295
- Guardian Ad Litem, support for children 800.732.9351
- Blaine Co. Prosecuting Attorney 208.788.5545
- Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PMFL/CVC) 888.275.7365
- Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) www.vinelink.com