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CADV Hotline: (888) 809-SAFE (7233) or 888-809-7233
There is NO excuse for domestic violence.

Providing safe shelter and advocacy services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Lake of the Ozarks region.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is all about power and control. It is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. It's not a isolated or one-time event, but rather a pattern of events that occurs over time. These behaviors may include physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic abuse. They occur in intimate relationships where the batterer and victim are currently, or have been previously dating, living together, or married. They may have children together, but this is not always the case. The relationship may be long-term or very short-lived, and domestic violence can occur in heterosexual, gay, or lesbian relationships. Domestic violence occurs in all racial, cultural, socioeconomic, educaitonal, occupational, and religous groups.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

  • Everyone
  • All ages, cultures, nationalities
  • All religious groups
  • Heterosexual and same sex relationships
  • Children ... even if they do not see it directly

WARNING SIGNS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • Threats and coercion
  • Making or carrying out threats to cause mental, emotional, legal, or physical harm
  • Using intimidation
  • Causing fear through the use of looks, actions, gestures
  • Displaying weapons
  • Using isolation
  • Controlling and limiting victim's contact with family and friends
  • Using children
  • Making children relay messages
  • Using visitations for harassment
  • Threatening to take children away
  • Using economic abuse
  • Controlling all access to money
  • Minimizing, denying, blaming
  • Denying abuse
  • Blaming victim

24 HOUR EMERGENCY HOTLINE
888-809-SAFE or 888-809-7233

WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU ARE BEING ABUSED

Talk with someone you trust about the abuse
Call the CADV Hotline or Victim Outreach Center
HOTLINE 888-809-7233
Call police if you are in immediate danger