Everyone has experienced tension in their relationships. Relationship abuse or interpersonal violence is more than just a disagreement. It is a pattern of violent or assaultive behaviors that one uses against their current or former intimate partners, spouses, co-habitants and current or former dating partners (including teen dating relationships).
Abuse within a relationship does not have to be physical. It also includes verbal and emotional abuse, intimidation and isolation from family and friends as well as economic control over another person. Relationship abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It affects people of all educational background and income levels. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that more than 90 percent of all victims of domestic violence are women. It is important to emphasize, however, men can be victims of domestic violence as well, and it is equally unacceptable.
Domestic Violence is a crime, just like robbery or rape. If you see or hear an assault in progress, please call 911. These situations can be dangerous, so be sure to keep yourself safe. But, please reach out to the police. Do not assume someone else has already taken care of it. Keep in mind that many victims are afraid to call the police themselves in fear of further or more serious abuse or do not have the opportunity to safely do so.
RI Judiciary – Domestic Violence Training and Monitoring Unit
Domestic Abuse 24-hour Hotline
Rape Crisis 24-hour Hotline
Network Statewide Helpline for victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and other violent crimes
Crisis Intervention • Information • Referrals
Women’s Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Law Enforcement Advocate, Julianna Hamor
for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Barrington, Bristol and Warren Police Departments