Family Violence and Abusive Behaviors

What is Family Violence?

Family violence is the intentional use or threat of physical force by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household. Family includes individuals related by blood or marriage and household means a unit composed of persons living in the same place, whether or not they are related (including on campus roommates). Intimate Partner Violence is an act by an individual that is against another individual with whom that person has or has had an intimate partner relationship and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the individual in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.

Please tell the investigating officer if you, your child, or any other household resident has been injured or if you feel you are going to be in danger when the officer leaves or later.

You have the right to:

ASK the local prosecutor to file a criminal complaint against the person committing family violence

What are Abusive Behaviors?

Are you blamed for the abuse you experience? Does your partner promise the abuse will never happen again, BUT it continues? Do you feel like you can’t talk about the abuse with your family or friends?

Most violent relationships become more dangerous over time, not less. If you feel like you are in danger please contact one of the resources in the pamphlet to discuss your options. No one deserves to be hurt.

**If you require immediate medical treatment, call 911 or report to a hospital**

With the exception of forensic medical exams, as mentioned in the rights for victims of sexual assault, all costs for transportation and medical treatment are the responsibility of the victim, but you may be eligible for reimbursement of costs by applying for Crime Victims’ Compensation.

If you are struggling with or have questions about intimate partner violence please contact our office at 817-272-9254.