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Be Informed: Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Domestic violence and sexual assault are often overlooked in our society today. Most of the victims don't even notice and acknowledge the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
Being informed and educated about the signs and effects of violence will be the first step in ending it. Save yourself from violence and depression through the help of Hoke County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, Inc. in Raeford, North Carolina.
Below are the frequently asked questions that will give you general information about domestic violence and sexual assault.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is classified when an abuser is trying to maintain total control over you. The abuse may have various forms including, but not to the following:
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault takes place when someone forced you to participate in an unwanted and unsafe sexual activity. This include:
A sexual assault can also occur when someone touches you in a sexual manner without your consent or against your will.
Common Reasons Why the Victim Doesn’t Leave Their Abuser
Family violence is one of the most frequent and unreported crimes in our country and state. The laws that protect spouses from abuse also apply to people who have been in a dating relationship or who have a familial relationship with one another, including people of the opposite sex who live together but are not married, as well as people who have a child in common, whether or not they live together. Children are also protected against abuse from parents, live-in partners of parents, or other individuals who act as parents. Threatening injury to another party may also be illegal if the words cause actual fear of bodily injury.
The law is a tool to help prevent family violence. Everyone has a duty to report any suspected physical or sexual abuse of children to the local Department of Social Services. Other forms of assistance, such as counseling for one or both parties, are sometimes needed in addition to or instead of legal intervention. Your local mental health center can give advice on counseling, shelters, etc.
- North Carolina Bar Association. (2003) Family Violence "This is the Law."
Answer the questions with yes or no. If most of your answers are yes, it is possible that you’re in an abusive relationship.
How Is Your Relationship?
Does your partner:
Things You Can Do