Getting Help

Getting Help

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Violence and abuse indicates an imbalance of power and control. Abuse is more than just physical. It can occur in many areas of life and can manifest itself in many ways. If you recognize any of these patterns in your intimate relationship, you are a victim of abuse.

If you believe you may be a victim of abuse, trust and believe in yourself. Contact a counselor at a domestic violence agency or contact a pastor/spiritual leader and a friend you can trust. If you decide to stay in a violent environment, develop a safety plan. For teenagers living in an abusive home, download these safety tips.

Domestic violence can be:
  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • spiritual abuse
National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
(800) 787-3224 (TTY)
Advocates are available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week in over 170 languages.

If you are a victim of abuse, you may be:
  • hit, shoved, slapped, kicked, punched, or choked
  • threatened
  • called names or be accused of being “crazy”
  • manipulated with scripture
  • denied equal access to finances
  • kept from friends or family
Domestic violence can exist between:
  • dating couples
  • married couples
  • fiancés
  • ex spouses
  • non-married cohabitating couples
  • adults
  • teenagers