Domestic Violence2017-01-17T11:47:54-05:00

What is Domestic Violence?

Have you or has anyone you know experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner? If so, you or they are experiencing domestic violence, a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

Domestic violence affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. It can result in bodily injury, psychological trauma and, in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Learning the signs of domestic violence may make it easier to recognize yourself or a loved one in an abusive situation. Too often, it goes unacknowledged or excused away, so the abuse escalates and becomes more intense or frequent. In 2014, Georgia police responded to over 65,000 reports of domestic violence.

Today, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, yet most cases are never reported to the police. Survivors may not report abuse for various emotional, logistical and financial reasons or out of fear of retaliation. Abusers often use guilt against their partner to rationalize this inexcusable behavior. In addition to physical pain, their abuse can also destroy the victim’s sense of self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make them feel trapped, helpless and isolated. If you are feeling like you may be in an abusive relationship, know that it is not your fault and you are not alone.

Domestic violence is a problem that affects not just individual survivors, but their families and the community as a whole. Understanding the vast scope of domestic violence helps lessen any stigma or bias, increases prevention and fosters community consciousness. We hope that through awareness and support we can end the cycle of abuse and give individuals their lives back.

Do You Know the Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship?

  • Do you constantly worry about how your partner will react to something?
  • Do you worry because your partner often gets jealous and suspicious of your actions?
  • Do you worry what will happen if you have a fight or if your partner has too much to drink?
  • Have you ever been hit, kicked, slapped, choked/strangled, pushed or shoved?
  • Does your partner make most of the decisions in the relationship?
  • Does your partner threaten to keep you from any financial independence?
  • Have the important things in your life suffered, i.e. your job, relationships, responsibilities?
  • Do you ever feel threatened or frightened in your relationship?
  • Is your partner overly critical of you?
  • Has your partner forced you to engage in sexual activities you didn’t want to engage in?
  • Has your partner endangered your health? Have they kept medication from you, kept you from eating or sleeping or kept you from going to the doctor?
  • Are you worried for your children’s safety?

Do you feel powerless? Are you afraid to say “No”?

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If someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to:

  • Respect their thoughts and feelings, even if you disagree or you cannot sympathize
  • Make sure to listen, let them talk at their own pace and ask questions when appropriate
  • Let them make their own decisions without passing judgment
  • Try NOT to use blaming language like “Why don’t you just leave?”, “Why do you let him/her treat you like that?” or offer opinionated statements like “He/She doesn’t love you,” or “if I were you…”
  • DO say “I am concerned for you,” “Are you afraid?”, “Have you thought of what you want to do?”

liveSAFE Resources Can Help

If you or someone you know feels frightened in a relationship, please call our

24-Hour Crisis Line: 770.427.3390

Main Office : 770.427.2902

Hearing impaired TTY: 425.258.7081

Temporary Protective Order (TPO) Office: 770.528.8024

Asistencia en Espanol: 770.423.3569

Advocates are standing by to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and refer you to services or programs. This is a free, confidential resource available to those experiencing abuse or to friends and family who are concerned that a loved one is being abused.

Hotline services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Information about domestic violence
  • A direct connection to domestic violence resources

liveSAFE Resources also offers the following services:

  • Domestic violence shelter for adults and their children
  • Longer-term housing for domestic violence survivors
  • Free, confidential counseling and support groups for survivors and family members
  • One-on-one case management
  • Legal advocacy to help navigate the court system and acquire Temporary Protective Orders (TPO’s)

Visit our Services page to learn more about the domestic violence services we offer, or visit our Resources page to find out more.