Family violence is a pattern of behaviors used to establish and maintain power and control over another person. It can include verbal, physical, emotional, psychological and sexual attacks.
Family violence is a social problem, not an individual family problem. Regardless of gender or age, anyone can be a victim of family violence, but no one needs to be. Family violence is a crime. As a victim of a crime, you have rights. Click here to read your rights.
Signs of Family Violence
You may be in an abusive relationship or the victim of family violence if someone close to you:
• Touches or talks to you inappropriately
• Discourages or forbids you to spend time with others
• Blames you for everything that goes wrong
• Controls all finances or withholds necessities
• Threatens to harm you, your children, family, friends or pets
• Destroys your personal property
• Pushes, hits, punches or kicks you or your children
• Forces you to perform sex acts against your will
Our family advocates can assist you with learning about your options, filing a police report, obtaining a court order and assisting you in navigating the complicated criminal justice system. We can also assist you in creating a safety plan and finding shelter.
We offer support groups that provide you with a safe environment to explore ways of breaking the cycle of family violence. Upon request, childcare services are available on-site during meetings.
Rivers of Hope connects victims of family violence to safe and secure emergency housing and local shelters and assists clients with food, clothing and other personal items.
Outreach, Education, Training
Rivers of Hope offers programs and presentations to community groups designed to create awareness of family violence issues and to prevent the continuation of family violence. We offer training to law enforcement, health care professionals, social services and court personnel.
Rivers of Hope is committed to helping youth end the cycle of family violence. The Violence Intervention and Prevention (V.I.P.) program provides support groups, crisis intervention and individual advocacy to males and females up to age 18 who have been a victim of, or witness to family violence or dating violence.
Working in collaboration with schools and community groups, our Advocates meet with students to offer support, education and referrals to community resources. Through education and empowerment the V.I.P. program helps youth move beyond violence to healthy relationships.
V.I.P. program services are available to schools, businesses and community groups. Presentation topics include: • Abuse • Coping • Self Esteem • Individuality • Healthy Relationships • Anger • Body Image • Media • Dating Violence • Self Care • Friendship • Family Violence
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