Find out how you can get involved with Harbor House and support a survivor of domestic abuse.
Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. Under the provisions of Florida Statute 741.28, domestic violence means any assault, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.
Arguments, disagreements and differences of opinion are parts of normal relationships. What distinguishes an abusive relationship is an ongoing pattern of disproportionate control and coercion. The “fight” is not between people of equal power, but occurs within a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power and the use of abusive control tactics by one party.
Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not caused by stress, past abuse to the batterer, mental illness, alcohol or drugs. They may act as contributing factors, but they are NOT the cause. The only cause of domestic violence is the abuser’s CHOICE to act violently.
There are many reasons a person may not be ready or able to leave. Some reasons include:
**We should also question why an abuser would stay in a relationship with someone they do not respect or value enough to keep them from harm.
Does your partner…
Violence does occur in same-sex relationships. In fact, statistics show that same-sex relationship violence is as common as heterosexual relationship violence. The elements of abusive relationships are similar for heterosexual and homosexual couples, although same-sex victims may face additional barriers to ending the relationship.
The topic of battered men is very emotionally charged. While most abuse is men’s violence against women, men can also be survivors. Harbor House ensures all of its services are open to any survivor, regardless of gender.
If you are the friend or a loved one of someone who is being abused or has been sexually assaulted…