Staying safe during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are learning how to practice social distancing, self-isolation, and in some cases total quarantine to protect themselves and others from getting sick. These actions, however, can present serious challenges for people living with abusive partners or family members as the time spent at home increases, possibly resulting in more violence or domestic abuse. Learn more here, and call if you need help (or even if you just think you might).
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other. Washington State laws include “family or household members” into that definition.