Domestic violence occurs in homes throughout every community. It knows no boundaries of color, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
- 1 in 3 Utah women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- There is approximately one DV-related homicide each month in Utah
- Women are 10 times more likely than men to die from domestic violence
(Domestic Violence Fatalities in Utah Report, 2003-2008, health.utah.gov)
It happens in all relationships – to married couples, within families, to intimate partners living together, to roommates, and to dating couples. The abuse can be physical, mental, sexual, emotional, financial, verbal, or electronic. Domestic violence is a pervasive, sometimes life-threatening, crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States.
You can help DOVE Center provide survivors with safe shelter and trauma-informed care to achieve empowerment, hope and independence.
Warning Signs of Abuse in Relationships
- Controlling and possessive actions
- Quick involvement – strong feelings or commitment early on
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Explosive anger
- Isolates you from friends and family
- Verbally abusive
- Breaks, strikes, or throws things when angry
- Shows hypersensitivity
- Believes in rigid sex roles
- Blames others for his/her problems or feelings
- Cruel to animals or children
- Abused prior partners
- Threatens violence (including against self, such as suicide threats)
- One party makes excuses for partner’s abusive behavior or justifies it when others point it out
- One party has to account for how he/she spends all of his/her time
- One party forces the other to engage in unwanted sexual acts
- Excessive phone calls, text messages, etc.
- The abused party is visibly worried about his/her partner’s anticipated angry reaction to ordinary events
- The abused party visibly changes his/her behavior or personality when in the other party’s presence
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVMA), DOVE Center joins with other similar missioned organizations across the nation to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence, debunk myths about it and provide lifesaving information to help those locally impacted by it. Find out more about how you can get involved with local events and help domestic abuse survivors find safety and become empowered to change their lives at https://dovecenter.org/october-is-domestic-violence-awareness-month/
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