Washington State Domestic
Call Us: 1-800-562-6025
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 5:00pm
We are available if you or someone you know needs help.
The Washington State Domestic Violence (DV) Hotline is available if you have concerns about your safety or the safety of someone else, such as a good friend or family member. Advocates at the DV Hotline can talk with you about the abuse that is happening and ways you can increase your safety for you and your friend/family member.
We provide crisis intervention and safety planning, as well as referrals to community programs across the state of Washington that provide services to those experiencing domestic violence.
If you need help finding a safe place to stay, we can provide you with information about local domestic violence programs that provide emergency shelter services. These programs may also provide other services such as support groups and legal advocacy.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behavior that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over their partner. Domestic violence can be very dangerous to victims as well as to any children of the relationship.
Here are some ways domestic violence abusers try to control their victims:
- Physically hurting you (hitting, kicking, slapping, shoving, pulling your hair)
- Keeping you isolated from family and friends.
- Tracking your time and movements.
- Not allowing you to make decisions about money.
- Hurting you emotionally (threatening you, calling you names, humiliating you, making you feel bad about yourself, making you afraid)
- Forcing you into unwanted sexual activities.
- Using your disability against you.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone- regardless of your age, race, religion, education, or income. Domestic violence also happens in same-sex relationships.
Domestic violence perpetrators also come from all groups: all ages, religions, cultures, occupation, and education levels. Choosing to be violent to an intimate partner is a learned behavior, and something that abusers choose to do. It is NOT your fault.
You do not deserve to be abused and you are not alone. If your partner is hurting you call today to speak with an advocate at the hotline if you need help or need to talk to someone.
Advocates at the Hotline are available to speak with you in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
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