If you or someone you know needs help call the
Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-838-8238
or the LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline, 1-800-356-6998.
If you are not able to call, text 804.793.9999. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
is a large public health issue that impacts children, teens, and adults. Abuse is a pattern of behavior used to gain power and control.
Physical abuse is any purposeful and unwanted contact.
This can include:
- being hit,
- slammed into something, or
- being injured by an object or weapon
Emotional or verbal abuse includes:
- when a partner makes threats,
- insulting or humiliating their partner, or
- constantly monitoring or checking in on their partners.
These are just some of the ways that an abuser may try to gain control over their partner.
Learn unhealthy relationship characteristics and see red flags.
If you or someone you know is in crisis,
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8
Maternal Mental Health Hotline
If you are not able to call, text 804-793-9999.