What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a learned pattern of physical, verbal, sexual and/or emotional behavior in which one person in a relationship uses force and intimidation to dominate or control the other person. The partners may be married or not; heterosexual or homosexual; living together, separated, dating, have a child in common; or related by blood. Domestic violence occurs within all ethnic groups, all religions, all economic brackets, and all degrees of physical and mental ability, all categories of sexual preference, and all age groups.
- 1 in 4 women 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.
What You Can Do
You always have options. 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, 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. Residents receive individual and group support, DV education, advocacy, 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 mother’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