Family violence involves the intent of a person to control by means of physical, psychological, sexual, spiritual, financial, or property abuse. The purpose of this abuse is to control behavior by the inducement of fear. Underlying all abuse is a power imbalance between the victim and their abuser. The term family violence will encompass the implications of the violence for society as a whole.
- Any action that intentionally harms or injures another person
- Forcing an individual to do something against their will
- Not Random, it is Not your fault
- Had arguments with your partner where you were injured, insulted or verbally attacked
- Felt afraid of your partners behavior such as reckless driving, use of drugs and alcohol or threatening behavior
- Been prevented from seeing your friends or family, getting a job, going to school or church
- Listened to constant criticism by your partner for how you look or what you wear
- Been told you are to blame for all the problems in the relationship
- Been made to have sex when or in ways or with people that you did not want
- Had money or information about your finances kept from you
- Been put down or threatened in front of your children
If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these statements, you may be experiencing abuse in your relationship.
Society sees personal security as a fundamental human right. We are therefore committed to providing a safe haven where women and their children can seek shelter while fleeing from abusive relationships. The Hope and Area Transition Society will take every possible step to ensure safety for all Residents and Staff.