Domestic Abuse

“I really struggled in the beginning… afraid of the stigma attached to domestic violence…. having to ask for help. It was humbling. Advocates helped me be accountable. They set me up with referrals. They were constantly positive. They knocked every barrier down for me …. physical, emotional, mental. I kept saying to them, ‘Why are you so nice to me?’and they replied, ‘If only you could see what we see’.”

– Domestic Abuse Survivor

Safety Alert!
Computer use can be monitored and is difficult to hide. If you are in an unsafe relationship or in danger, please use a public computer.

What is Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?
Domestic abuse and IPV are defined as intentional acts used to gain power and control in an intimate relationship, including:

  • Physical assaults
  • Sexual assaults
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Isolation from support system (friends, family)
  • Minimizing and blaming
  • Controlling finances and decision-making
  • Using children
  • Using coercion and threats
  • Using intimidation
  • Stalking

Domestic Abuse Services
The Women’s Center programs provide FREE and confidential support services to survivors experiencing control in their lives by a current or past intimate partner.

  • 24-hour crisis and information line
  • Harbor House, our emergency shelter
  • Individual support and advocacy (legal, housing and financial concerns)
  • Confidential counseling for residents and non-residents of the Harbor House
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance with Personal Protection Orders (PPOs)
  • Support groups
  • Information and referral services
  • Children’s support groups

We Serve
Past or present abuse survivors who are:

  • Male, Female, Transgender
  • Married, separated or divorced
  • Dating
  • Have a child in common
  • Living together/intimate partners
  • Opposite or same gender relationships

Information is available 24/7 about our Domestic Abuse Program, support groups or Harbor House, call (906) 226-6611 or (800) 455-6611 or Text (906) 356-3337

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