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:
- 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
- Animal cruelty
- Verbal abuse
- 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
- According to the Michigan State Police, there were 91,004 reported victims and 105 reported murders related to domestic violence in 2017.
- Nationally, females ages 18-24 and 25-34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
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
- National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 | Text LOVEIS to 22522
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK) | Lifeline Chat
- National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- 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
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
Starfish Family Services (Headquarters)
Inkster, MI 48141
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