On this website, the words "woman" and "she" are sometimes used to refer to survivors and "he" to refer to abusers.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 85% of survivors are women assaulted by male partners.
This program is partially funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs.
Just witnessing domestic violence in the home can have harmful effects on children.
Threats of kidnapping or harming children may impact the survivor’s concentration at work.
Sometimes survivors describe the abuser as having a “Jekyll/Hyde personality.” If violence or threat of violence has happened more than once or twice, it is extremely likely to happen again.
The violence usually gets worse over time, increasing in both frequency and severity.
Emotional abuse often begins subtly and increases in severity over time.