Domestic violence is physical, emotional and economic threats and harm by one person against another person who live together. Perpetrators of domestic violence use power and control to hurt, scare and isolate the victim. A victim of violence may need safety, health care, housing, money, transportation and support to escape the abuse. Domestic violence shelters are often a good place to start getting help.
Victims of physical violence in the last 6 months or whose abuser will be released from jail or prison soon may qualify for help from Legal Aid with civil protection orders, divorce and custody.