THE FACTS

 
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  The Hard Facts

OTHER CRIMES

SEXUAL VIOLENCE:  It's All About Power

Homicide / DUI Crashes
Homicide is an event for which no one can adequately prepare but that results in a wide range of emotional pain and upheaval.
 
Family members and significant others become co-victims when their loved one is murdered.  Acquaintances and witnesses can be affected too.
 
Even if you are not directly affected by the crime, but are impacted indirectly, we can help!
 
DUI Crashes - whether you or a loved one is a victim of a DUI crash, you may be affected physically, emotionally and financially.
 
We have counselors who understand many types of trauma.  They can provide you with information, a full range of victim support services and assist you through the criminal process.
Domestic Violence is a Crime!
Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse and/or financial abuse by an intimate partner.
 
Domestic Violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, nationality or educational background.
 
Domestic Violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
 
Emotional Abuse is Domestic Violence.
 
Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience Domestic Violence in her lifetime.
 
85% of Domestic Violence victims are women.
 
If you are being abused, know that you are not alone and the abuse is not your fault.  Help is available.
 
If you choose to file for a Protection from Abuse Order, VIP can help you through the process.
Sexual Assault is a crime!
Sexual Assault occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity.  It is motivated by the need to control, humiliate, and harm, and not by sexual desire.  It violates a person's trust, autonomy and feeling of safety.
 
Most important, if you are a victim of rape, you must remember that the assault was NOT your fault.  no one asks to be raped.  A sexy outfit, an extra drink, or even flirting are not invitations to be raped.
 
Child Sexual Violence
Statistics show that one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will be a victim of sexual violence before they reach the age of eighteen.  67% of sexual assault victims are under eighteen.
 
93% of child sexual assault victims know their attackers.
 
Encourage children to tell an adult, and if that person doesn't help, keep telling until they are helped.
(Statistics provided by FBI, Bureau of Justice, and NCADV)
 
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