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Who does Abuse Affect?
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, gender identity, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Many victims of abuse experience shame, and will avoid the subject or even find ways to justify it or mask it. The abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial or any combination thereof.
Domestic Violence
Sexual Assault
Child Abuse
Teen Dating Violence
Substance Abuse and Violence

intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviors used by one person in an intimate relationship to control another. Partners can be married, single, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transexual, disabled, co-habitating, separated or dating. Intimate partner violence affects men, women, children, elderly and people with disabilities, and crosses all […]


Stalking consists of virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear for their safety. Stalking is a serious, potentially life-threatening crime, and has the potential to permanently change the lives of the victims, as well as affecting their […]

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is intimidation, bullying or coercion that is sexual in nature, or any unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Sexual harassment includes a range of behaviors; some may seem simply as mild annoyances while others are sexual abuse or sexual assault. Sexual harassment is […]

Date Rape

Date rape, also referred to as “acquaintance rape”, is an assault or attempted assault involving sexual intercourse that takes place without mutual consent. The term may be misleading though, because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim, they could be an acquaintance or a stranger. […]

child neglect

Child neglect is the most common form of child abuse. Neglect is a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, which results in jeopardizing a child’s physical and psychological well-being. Child neglect is not always deliberate. At times, a caregiver may become physically or mentally unable to […]

child sexual abuse

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthdays, and the median age for reported child sexual abuse is 9. If you thought child sexual abuse was something rare in our society, we hope these numbers prompt you to think again. The […]

emotional child abuse

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This old saying could not be farther from the truth. Emotional child abuse may seem invisible, but the effects are long-lasting and very damaging. Constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating, making negative comparisons to others, continually telling a […]

physical child abuse

Often, physically abusive parents and caregivers claim that their actions are just forms of discipline – ways to make a child learn to behave. But, twisting a child’s arm until it breaks is not discipline – it is abuse. Physical abuse can include striking a child with the hand, fist, […]

cycle of violence

Intimate Partner Violence often occurs in cycles of three phases that illustrates how one partner gains control over another. When someone first enters a violent relationship, they begin in the honeymoon phase. This is the phase where the abuser is going to show you his or her very best side. […]