Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you believe your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, pleae use a safer computer or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233. If you are in immediate danger, dial 911.
Detroit Alumnae Chapter's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Initiative
Recognizing that domestic violence is a serious societal ill, the Detroit Alumnae Chapter established a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) Initiative, in collaboration with the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Its purpose is to lay the foundation for the awareness and prevention of domestic and sexual violence through education and to provide support for those affected by these devastating societal afflictions.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors used by one person involved in an intimate relationship to maintain power and contol over the other person. Domestic violence takes on many forms, with physical abuse being the most obvious form of violence; however, other forms of domestic violence include the use of intimidation; inflicting emotional abuse; creating isolation; minimizing the abuse; denying and blaming; using chldren; using gender rivilege; economic/finanial abuse; and the use of coercion and threats.
Sexual Assault and Abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including inappropriate touching; vaginal, anal, or oral penetration; sexual intercourse that you say no to; rape; attempted rape; or child molestation. Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that foces you to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Facts
Warning Signs of Domestic ViolenceBecause relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction.
How You Can Help Someone You Know
You can help someone who is abused or who has been assaulted by listening and offering comfort. Go with her or him to the police, the hospital, or counseling. Reinforce the message that she or he is not at fault and that it is natural to feel angry and ashamed. Here are some other things you can do:
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