Domestic violence is a pattern of violence one person uses to gain control over the other in a relationship. Domestic violence is family violence between intimate partners who have shared a romantic or marital-like relationship, boyfriend/girlfriend including those who share a child. Child abuse and abuse of the elderly and disabled are also domestic-related instances.
Domestic violence may take many forms, but its goal is always the same — batterers want to control their domestic partners through fear. Domestic violence is intentional behavior – not a momentary loss of control.
Some forms of domestic violence include:
- Sexual Violence
- Economic control
- Abusing trust
- Threats and intimidation
- Emotional withholding
- Destruction of property
- Self destructive behavior
- Animal Abuse
How many people are affected?
Statistics from 2007 show:
- 3485 total calls taken by A Better Way in Delaware County*
- 112 adults were served in an emergency shelter in Delaware County*
- 110 children were served in an emergency shelter in Delaware County*
(* Information from A Better Way statistics)
- From July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 there 49 deaths related to domestic violence in the State of Indiana¥
- During this same time period there 98,828 calls to the Crisis Line related to domestic violence in the State of Indiana¥
(* Information from violenceresource.org/stats)
- Investigate domestic related crimes
- Work with the prosecutor’s office to bring batterers to trial
- Constant communication with the prosecutor’s office to insure progressiveness of cases
- Inform community about domestic violence and its prevalence
- Inform Child Protective Services about children who are exposed to domestic violence
Inv. Jami Brown
Our office is open Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm.
Address: 300 North High Street Muncie, IN 47305, 2nd floor, please call ahead.