Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is when someone in a relationship attempts to gain power and control through a multitude of abusive behaviors. The abuse can be physical or emotional. It can happen anywhere and anytime and is a problem that affects many different types of people. It can create a lasting burden on its victims regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or economic background. Below are a few state programs that can help if you are facing Domestic Violence.

Address Confidentiality

This program helps victims keep their new home address secure from their perpetrator after they have left an abusive or dangerous situation. It provides an alternative address for the victim to use where their address could become a public record and found by the abuser. Visit your local domestic violence program to apply.

Victims Compensation Assistance Program

This program helps victims and their families by reimbursing victims for crime-related expenses such as medical costs, mental health counseling, funeral and burial costs, and lost wages or support. Applications can be filled out at your local victim service program.

Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) 

If your perpetrator has been sentenced to prison or parole, you can register with the OVA to receive notification of your right to provide input regarding any release and parole review of the offender. Victims can register by calling 1-800-563-6399 during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm.

There are also state laws in place to protect victims. The Protection From Abuse (PFA) order protects you and your children from your abuser. There is also insurance discrimination prevention which is a state law that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage or benefits to victims of domestic violence. 

If you would like to find places you can get help, call 1-800-799-SAFE to find the nearest domestic violence program.

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