CONNECT advocates are committed to helping survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Advocates will listen to your fears and concerns with compassion and acceptance, and encourage you to empower yourself, to recognize your strengths, and to remind you that it is never your fault. Advocates will not tell you what you should do, but instead help you find what works for you at your own pace.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. It happens everywhere and can happen to anyone. Domestic violence is characterized by an ongoing pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors that one person uses over another to gain power and control.
There are many forms of violence and not all of them cause physical injury. They range from verbal, mental, emotional, and financial abuse to stalking, sexual assault, rape, and murder.
Warning signs may include name calling, belittling, threatening, or isolating the victim, as well as threats to harm pets, or manipulation of children or other loved ones.Extreme jealousy, highly controlling and possessive behavior, threats of murder or suicide, and stalking are considered “red flags” suggesting that physical danger is imminent.