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More to Know About: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of learned behavior in which one person uses physical, sexual,
and/or emotional abuse to control another person. However, domestic violence involves
individuals with special relationships. Under Michigan law, domestic violence is an assault or
assault and battery by a:

  • spouse
  • former spouse
  • person residing or having resided in the same household as the victim
  • person having a child in common with the victim
  • person with whom he/she has or has had a dating relationship

How to tell if you’re a victim of domestic violence

There are many signs or “red flags” for domestic violence besides physical abuse. These
common indicators include:
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Animal cruelty
  • Verbal abuse
  • Unpredictability
  • Stalking
  • Extremely controlling behavior such as withholding money, car keys, preventing a victim from attending school/work, etc.
  • Control over how the victim dresses or how they act
  • Forced sexual intercourse or disregard of partner’s unwillingness to have sexual intercourse

Domestic Violence Statistics

Domestic Violence Organizations/Hotlines

It’s difficult to seek help for many reasons if you are a victim of domestic violence, especially if
you have children in the household or if the abuser controls internet and finance access.
However, there are a variety of free resources for you to use if you believe you may be a victim
of domestic violence. Some of these resources include the free, reputable, 24/7 hotlines below.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 | Text LOVEIS to 22522

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK) | Lifeline Chat

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
1-510-465-1984

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-800-537-2238

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-888-792-2873

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011


Metro-Detroit Domestic Violence Shelters


Metro-Detroit Counseling Centers and Other Helpful Organizations

Horizon Counseling Services
2011 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248-698-8993

Wayne County SAFE Program
2727 Second Ave, Suite 120
Detroit, MI 48201
Crisis Pager: (313) 430-8000
General Phone: ( 313) 964-9701

Kids Talk Child Advocacy Center
40 East Ferry Street
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: (313) 833-2970

Adult Protective Services
Phone: (855) 444- 3911

The Mission: Prevention Education
Northland Towers Building
15565 Northland Drive, Suite 702 West Tower
Southfield, MI 48705
Phone: (248) 967-9561

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