Emergency Shelter: 405-701-5540
Rape Crisis Center: 405-701-5660

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a crime.  Oklahoma Statute Title 22 section 22-60.1 definition – “Domestic abuse” means any act of physical harm, or the threat of imminent physical harm which is committed by an adult, emancipated minor, or minor child thirteen (13) years of age or older against another adult, emancipated minor or minor child who are family or household members or who are or were in a dating relationship.

Domestic violence is a learned pattern of physical, verbal, sexual and/or emotional behavior in which one person in a relationship uses force, intimidation, coercion to dominate or control the other person. The partners may be intimate partners, living together, separated, dating, have a child in common; or related by blood. Domestic violence occurs within all ethnic groups, all religions, all gender identities, all economic brackets, all degrees of physical and mental ability, and all age groups.

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • 1.3 million Women are survivors of domestic violence each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence survivors are women.
  • Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of abusive relationships.

If you are in a domestic violence situation, you can:

  • Contact a crisis center or shelter for information and support.
  • Attend a domestic violence survivor support group.
  • Seek counseling.
  • Go to a shelter or stay with family or friends.
  • Take legal action.

Domestic Violence Crisis Line: (405) 701-5540

Callers receive confidential crisis intervention, danger assessment, safety planning, referrals, and information about domestic violence, at any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year.

WRC Domestic Violence Shelter: (405) 701-5497

Since 1980, the WRC Domestic Violence Shelter has provided safe, temporary housing for women and their children who have been victimized by domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. In 2019, the WRC shelter has worked to provide shelter services to victims of domestic violence who identify as male. Residents receive individual and group support, DV education, advocacy, safety planning, trauma assessment, information and referral on housing, job training, legal aid and financial assistance. They also benefit from the understanding and support of the staff and other residents. Advocates at the shelter focus attention back on the children to provide them with support and hope, and to try to strengthen the parent/guardian’s ability to parent in stressful situations. Through individual and group contact with families, the Advocates seek to bolster self-concepts, develop coping skills and refer to necessary services in the community. Children are invited to use play and act as a way of communicating feelings and are accepted as they do so.

Intimate Partner Violence

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault www.ocadvsa.org

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence www.ncdsv.org

Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General www.oag.state.ok.us

Has listing of all of the certified programs in the state.

Oklahoma Safeline  1-800-522-SAFE FREE (7233)

Latino Community Development Center www.latinoagencyokc.org

Native Alliance Against Violence www.oklahomanaav.org