This section offers an overview about Stalking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Dating Violence. Each section highlights a variety of issues pertaining to each topic. These four types of abuse can affect anyone regardless of race, religion, sex, gender expression or sexual preference. Victims have the right to be educated and live a life free of violence. Even those who have not been victims of violence may know someone who has. Learning about these types of violence can help individuals stand up for healthy and respectful relationships with in the community.
Sexual violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse is any type of unwanted, forced or coerced sexual contact. Sexual violence can be verbal, visual or anything that forces a person to join unwanted sexual contact or attention. It is also sexual violence when a person is unable or unwilling to give consent.
Sexual violence is any sexual act without freely-given consent and it is NEVER the victim’s fault, no matter where or how it happens. Consent can only be given freely if there is no coercion or power differential. For more information about sexual violence click here.
Dating violence can take many different forms. There are six common types of dating violence, these include: physical, mental, emotional, sexual, digital/technology, financial and spiritual/cultural. Dating violence typically refers to middle-school and high-school aged individuals, as well as young adults in their 20's. For more information about dating violence click here.
Domestic violence is an ongoing pattern of behaviors and abusive tactics used by an intimate partner or ex-partner to gain complete power and control over a person’s life. For more information about domestic violence click here.
Safety plans might help you anticipate the dangers you may face. Just as abusers continually shift their tactics of power and control, your plan is an adaptable took to help increase your safety. For assistance with developing your own safety plan contact us.
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. It involves one person’s obsessive behavior toward another person. A stalker’s actions may be motivated by an intense affection for or an extreme dislike of the victim. For more information about stalking click here.