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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic violence is a pattern of learned behavior that one person uses to control a partner in an intimate relationship. Abuse can affect anyone regardless of the person’s culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.

1 in 5 full-time employed adults reports they were victims of domestic violence.

Each time a victim is assaulted by their partner and survives that attack, they miss an average of 7 days of work and requires $816 of medical and mental health care.

Warning Signs

Signs of Abuse - For a Victim

Victims of domestic abuse may:

Signs of Abuse - Perpetrators

Some perpetrators of domestic violence may:

Where To Get Help

Calling a hotline can be intimidating for someone who is experiencing violence. Offer to sit with the person as they make the call. It is important to remind a survivor that making the call does not have to mean they’ve made the decision to leave an abuser; someone can call a hotline to learn more about resources available to them, safety plan, and receive emotional support.

Domestic Abuse Providers in Kent County, MI

Safe Haven Ministries (call or text): 616.452.6664 

YWCA West Central Michigan: 616.451.2744