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Domestic violence affects women, men, children, families.

When people picture domestic violence, they often think of a man physically battering or abusing a woman. Statistically this description tends to be the case not only in official statistics, but also in self reporting surveys. And, the vast majority of victims seeking assistance from the PRDVS are women. More than two-thirds of the adults that we helped in past years were female.

If you think a man can not be a victim of domestic violence, either from a woman or from another man, you’d be very wrong. PRDVS also serves male victims and is one of the few shelters in the country to have a shelter for men.

Children are the innocent victims of domestic violence. In 2011, nearly 150 children found safety through the PRDVS emergency shelter.

PRDVS, Friend Helping Friend, iStock_000007959308MediumDomestic violence hurts families. Learn more:

Read about domestic violence laws.

Take steps to be safe online.

Create a safety plan for yourself and your family.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers the following eight tips on helping out a friend or family member:

  • Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation, be supportive and listen.
  • Be non-judgmental.
  • If they end the relationship, continue to be supportive of them.
  • Encourage them to participate in activities outside of the relationship with friends and family.
  • Help them develop a safety plan.
  • Encourage them to talk to people who can provide help and guidance.
  • Remember that you cannot “rescue” them.

Read more advice from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Or, contact PRDVS and one of our Another Way advocates can help you think through potential action steps for your specific situation.

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