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WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. The various types of abuse are physical, sexual, emotional, economical or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, background, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels.  

The Abuser:

  • Has a strong need for power and control
  • Is extremely jealous of partner’s outside interests
  • Holds rigid sex roles
  • Will limit your access to money, the phone or the car

The Victim:

  • Does not enjoy the abuse
  • Has low self-esteem
  • Gives up her/his rights, and often does not realize that she/he has rights

You Need To Know That:

  • You are NOT responsible for the violence towards you.
  • You cannot stop the abuse.
  • Acts of domestic violence are often repeated and often increase in severity.
  • Drinking is not an excuse for violence. Both problems require proper and problem-specific intervention.
  • Arrest and prosecution can be a deterrent to future acts of violence.

We can help! 

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia wants you to know...abuse or sexual assault is never your fault! Nothing in the way you act, dress or speak causes violent behavior. No one has the right to abuse you or force you to have sex with them! It is a problem that knows no social boundaries or class distinction. Let us help you take steps to protect yourself. 

Services Offered by YWCA of Northwest Georgia

24-Hour Crisis Line
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, advocates are available to provide information and make referrals for services and programs. 770-427-3390.

Counseling and Support Groups
Free counseling and support groups are offered to victims and their family members. There is no limit to the number of counseling sessions a client may receive. 

The Domestic Violence Shelter
The YWCA domestic violence shelter is a 32-bed group living facility offering a safe place for women and children who have suffered domestic violence. Client-centered Case Management Services are provided. Call 770-427-3390 for more information. 

Transitional Housing
Transitional housing is offered for up to 24 months for qualified clients. The focus is on economic empowerment to move clients toward sustainability for independent permanent housing. 

Legal Advocacy
Our Legal Advocate at the Cobb County Court House answers questions concerning victims’ rights, filing and completing a Temporary Protective Order (TPO), and accompanying clients to court proceedings, as needed. 

TANF Assessor
The YWCA TANF Assessor, located at the Cobb County Department of Family & Children Services, conducts domestic violence assessments on clients seeking services. If domestic violence is present, the YWCA can offer safety planning, assistance with TPO’s and other resources.

Community Outreach & Education
We provide consultation, in-service training or informational presentations and outreach to various groups, including law enforcement agencies, parent groups, civic groups, educators, healthcare professionals and religious organizations. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL OUR 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: (770) 427-3390  

To contact the nearest
Domestic Violence Hotline in Georgia:
1-800-33 HAVEN (42836) 

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or
TTY 1-800-787-3224

 

 
48 Henderson Street, Marietta, GA 30064
Telephone: 770-427-2902  FAX 678-303-4717
 
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