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Is someone in your life experiencing domestic violence?

We're here to help you too.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that involves physical or emotional abuse, or the threat of physical or emotional abuse.

It includes repeated psychological abuse, sexual assault, isolation, intimidation, or economic and/or medical deprivation. This abuse is perpetrated by adults or adolescents. It is perpetrated against people of every race, ethnicity, economic level, educational background, faith, and sexual orientation.

“1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes.” U.S. CDC

"I'm afraid you are being hurt."

Call us. We can help you have the sensitive and respectful conversations it takes to support the person you care about. We all have the fundamental right to live without abuse.

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Call our 24-hour hotline:
1-877-536-1628

If you are not in Western Massachusetts, our advocates can refer you to an organization in your region.

Why don't they just leave?

This is one of the biggest misunderstandings about domestic violence.
“If someone is mistreating you, why don’t you just leave?”

Many of our survivors still live with their abusers. Sometimes, this is because they are financially dependent on their abuser. Sometimes, it’s for the sake of a child or a pet. Sometimes, it’s because their life will be threatened if they leave.

It’s not always as simple as just leaving.

There is no one-size solution to domestic violence.

Join the conversation

Learn

Is someone in your life experiencing domestic violence?

We're here to help you too.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that involves physical or emotional abuse, or the threat of physical or emotional abuse.

It includes repeated psychological abuse, sexual assault, isolation, intimidation, or economic and/or medical deprivation. This abuse is perpetrated by adults or adolescents. It is perpetrated against people of every race, ethnicity, economic level, educational background, faith, and sexual orientation.

“1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes.” U.S. CDC​

"I'm afraid you are being hurt."

Call us. We can help you have the sensitive and respectful conversations it takes to support the person you care about. We all have the fundamental right to live without abuse.

Asset 7@4x-8

Call our 24-hour hotline:
1-877-536-1628

If you are not in Western Massachusetts, our advocates can refer you to an organization in your region.

Why don't they just leave?

This is one of the biggest misunderstandings about domestic violence. “If someone is mistreating you, why don’t you just leave?”

Many of our survivors still live with their abusers. Sometimes, this is because they are financially dependent on their abuser. Sometimes, it’s for the sake of a child or a pet. Sometimes, it’s because their life will be threatened if they leave.

It’s not always as simple as just leaving.

There is no one-size solution to domestic violence.

Join the conversation