Hotlines | Domestic Violence | Sexual Assault | Dating Violence | Stalking
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Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
In January 2016, the Attorney General encouraged every U.S. Attorney's Office to renew its domestic violence outreach efforts. To provide an additional resource for state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community groups focused on domestic violence, the Attorney General asked U.S. Attorneys' Offices around the country to engage in renewed efforts to coordinate with these groups to help combat domestic violence and prevent prohibited persons from obtaining firearms. Groups interested in engagement may contact their local U.S. Attorney's Office and ask to speak with the Criminal Chief or Violent Crime Coordinator.
In an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911 or contact state or local law enforcement officials, who have a broader range of options for responding to these crimes. Individuals in need of non-emergency assistance can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.
Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Falling under the definition of sexual assault is sexual activity such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It includes sexual acts against people who are unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity.
Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
the length of the relationship
the type of relationship
the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.