DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry

Restoring the Soulful Sisterhood, Encouraged in Heart and United in Love

You are in an abusive relationship if:

You are being physically, emotionally, sexually, financially and/or verbally abused.  Review our links to see if you are possibly in an abusive relationship.  If so, please get help!

Definition of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors and tactics used by one person over another to gain power and control.    This may include verbal abuse, financial abuse, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.   Domestic violence occurs in heterosexual, as well as same-sex partnerships, and crosses all ethnic, racial and socio-economic lines. 

Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape. Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

For more information or and help, please call/check out these sites:

THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1-800-799-7233

THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE AT 1-800-656-4673

THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE AT 1-866-331-947

- National Center for Victims of Crime

http://victimsofcrime.org/help-for-crime-victims

- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

http://www.ncadv.org/

- Rape Abuse and Incest National Network

http://www.rainn.org/

- Abused Adult Resource Center

http://www.abusedadultresourcecenter.com/