Domestic violence is not a private issue, nor an isolated incident or occurrence. It is an issue that can impact any individual, of any identity, relationship or community.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person to obtain and have power and control over another person. Violence can happen in any domestic relationship. An abuser can be a spouse, partner, roommate, care provider, or other trusted individual. It can be confusing sometimes to know what are healthy relationships and what are abusive relationships.
Violent, aggressive behavior in the home can occur as visible, physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, biting, restraining, or sexual abuse such as assault or rape. It can also be more subtle, like stalking, or when the aggressor commits emotional, verbal or economic abuse.
No one knows your situation like you do. Day One supports you in your own decision-making process, as we value self-determination. People reach out for help in different ways, and not all options work for everyone. You may choose to get support from a family, friend, an advocate, law enforcement, or other sources. You may want assistance leaving your situation or home. Or you might want to know how to stay safer in your current situation.