WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

In an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911 or contact state or local law enforcement officials, who can respond to these crimes. Individuals in need of non-emergency assistance can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE

NDVR provides the convichttp://www.thehotline.org/tion records of offenders, both men and women, who have been found guilty of domestic violence and domestic violence related offenses such as physical battering, stalking, criminal confinement, intimidation, and strangulation, etc. Use of this registry is free to the general public, available by internet 24 hours per day.

When a new relationship is formed, most individuals will tell you what they want you to know about them but not necessarily the truth. Most will not be honest about past civil or criminal offenses, however great or small. This is important to understand as approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States, with several thousand becoming murdered or going missing. Furthermore, according to the NCADV Violence Policy Center Annual Report, 2004, approximately 61% of female homicides in this Country are caused by husbands or intimate partners.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. OVW does not provide services directly to the general public.
Find local help on our map or call the national hotline:

 National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Advocates are also available to chat 24/7.

National Center for Victims of Crime 
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

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