The Heartbreak of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to establish power and control, often leading to the threat or use of violence. It's not always easy to spot, and all too often victims are too afraid or embarrassed to speak out and seek help. Awareness is key. 

Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. Partners may be: married or not married; heterosexual or homosexual; living together or separated. Domestic violence occurs in all socioeconomic classes, racial and ethnic groups, age groups, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, and educational backgrounds: Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

Donations are always needed in order to support the shelters and services provided by organizations nationwide. Learning more about domestic violence can enable you to see the signs in a family member or friend and reach out in a safe, compassionate way.

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