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Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, and it occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. Learn to recognize its signs and where to find help.

About Domestic Violence and Emotional Abuse

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior to gain or maintain power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. Emotional abuse is also a form of domestic abuse where threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, isolation, or stalking is exhibited in the relationship.
Other types of abuse may include:

  • Sexual
  • Economic
  • Spiritual
  • Psychological

Domestic violence often occurs in cycles, with periods of normalcy followed by increased tension and abuse. This cycle of violence repeats, sometimes over a period of months or within the same day.

Warning Signs

Learn to recognize the warning signs of domestic abuse.
  • Seem afraid or anxious to please their partner
  • Go along with everything their partner says and does
  • Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they’re doing
  • Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner
  • Talk about their partner’s temper, jealousy, or possessiveness
  • Be restricted from seeing family and friends
  • Rarely go out in public without their partner
  • Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car
  • Act excessively jealous and possessive?
  • Hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • Force you to have sex?
  • Control where you go or what to do?
  • Keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • Constantly check on you?
  • Limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
  • Create a safety plan. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave.
  • Visit or call a campus counselor to receive resource information.
  • Use available resources. For advice and support, the following hotlines are available:
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
    • Houston Area Women’s Center Hotline 713-528-2121
    • Bay Area Turning Point Hotline 281-286-2525
    • The Bridge Over Troubled Water Hotline 713-473-2801
    • If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or your local emergency service.
  • If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or contact local emergency services.
  • Speak out. Let the individual know it is NOT their fault and they are NOT alone. Everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect.
  • Break the silence.
  • Encourage them to seek help by contacting a support hotline, local advocacy center or meet with a counselor for confidential support services.
  • Learn about the issues. You may contact a support hotline and find out other ways to help and support the mission to end violence.