What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors. Domestic violence can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and threats to do physical harm, financial harm, and or threats to ruin one’s reputation. Domestic violence includes behaviors that arouse fear.
Domestic violence can prevent a partner from doing what they want to do or force them to act in ways that they do not want to. Domestic violence can happen to people who are married, living together, in dating relationship, have a child or children in common, or family members within the same household. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim or a perpetrator.
While victims may seek the assistance of police in reporting incidents of domestic or sexual violence, they may also be in need of additional support services. The Department works in partnership with Arlington’s Project PEACE, Doorways for Women and Families and other service providers and advocacy groups in our community to ensure a coordinated and holistic response to addressing domestic violence incidents and supporting victims.
MORE: Resource database for those impacted by intimate partner/domestic or sexual violence in Arlington
Help is Available. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call Arlington’s 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline, managed by Doorways for Women and Families, at 703-237-0881, for information and support.
Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, or 703-558-2222 for non-emergency situations requiring a police response.