- Phone: (214) 467-6770
- Mailing Address: 6969 Pastor Bailey Drive, Suite 110, Dallas, Texas 75237
“The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion” Psalms 11:5
We tend to think of domestic violence in terms of only the abuse that is physical abuse, the one that is visible, but abusive behavior is categorized and expressed in many different and powerful ways. We must be very clear about domestic violence, it is not necessarily the location where the violence has occurred that constitutes domestic abuse, but it is the abuse within the relationship.
Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) domestic or relationship abuse. It is a pattern of behavior that is designed to maintain the power and control of another individual in an intimate relationship. It occurs when someone close to you establishes a pattern of control over you so that they can keep you as a victim to continue the abuse. Any relationship where control and power are done in a systematic pattern whether through intimidation, physical, sexual, economical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological abuse of any form, is considered domestic violence. Exercising this type of control pattern keeps the batterer with power and will escalate from continued threats and verbal assault to violence.
Abusive behavior is a deliberate choice to gain control and the abuser or perpetrator uses many forms of manipulation to gain power. Abusers do not discriminate in preference to age, sex, gender, race, economic status, creed, or nationality, it crosses into all cultures with no respect for boundaries. Sadly, the majority of those who are abusers, most likely have also been abused themselves. Abusive patterns can result in a lifetime of one being a perpetual abuser. A very high percentage of victims know their abuser either intimately, casual acquaintance, or through family relations.
What Does Abuse Look Like?
The Repeated Pattern Of:
Statistical monitoring has shown that domestic violence is increasingly at an epidemic level and with the stress of COVID-19, there has been a steady increase in domestic violence.
Helping Those Who are Abused
How to Get the Victim to Open Up:
What to Look for in a Victim:
When Speaking to the Victim:
Where Can a Victim Get Help:
Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) (English & Spanish)
Family Place: 214.559.2170
Women Called Moses: 972.298.1155
Family Care Connection: 972.298.3366
First Choice Social Services: 972.468.0631
Harmony Counseling Center: 214.751.3932
Masters Christian Counseling Program Student
Dallas Baptist University