According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, domestic violence is “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship”. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Regardless of gender, religion, economic status, or sexual orientation, anyone can fall victim to abuse. Certain circumstances, such as financial dependence or fear of retaliation, prevent victims from seeking help. There is a stigma surrounding DV that makes it more important than ever to speak out against it.
Our organization is hopeful that, with our efforts to start conversation about domestic violence, we will save lives. Alina’s Light is working hard to fight for a world where love doesn’t hurt.
If you or someone you know think that you may be in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There are a number of legal, emotional, and shelter resources to guide you through this difficult time.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WCS)
24-hour hotline 412-687-8005
Text support 412-744-8445
Physical Assault and Rape 24-hour Center for Victims Hotline
Abuse can be physical or mental. Look for these red flags to identify an abusive relationship.
Characteristics of an abuser:
- Severely jealous
- May try to financially control the victim
- May try to isolate the victim from friends or family
- May try to force the victim to engage in sex
- May threaten the victim with violence
- Manipulative behavior
Victims of abuse may be in denial of the situation or may be afraid to report the abuse due to circumstances such as financial dependency or fear for their life.
Characteristics of a domestic violence victim:
- Often lack self-confidence and suffer a loss of self-worth
- Are often dependent on their abuser