Understand the Epidemic

Domestic violence can be a confusing term. We want to do our best to clarify what we mean. The following definition is taken from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 


"Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner."


Here at the HER Shelter, we want our community to be as educated as possible. If you, an organization or company you are part of, or any faith-based or community groups, would like a staff member from the HER Shelter to come out and speak on these issues, please contact our Public Affairs & Volunteer Coordinator (wynn@hershelter.com).

Web/Community Resources

Though there are many resources available at the tips of your fingers on the internet, the following 8 links are to websites or organizations locally or that provide essential information. 

  • Samaritan House

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  • YWCA of South hampton Roads

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  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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  • Genieve Shelter

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  • POwer & Control wheel

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  • National Network to End Domestic Violence

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  • NDVH

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  • Signs of Abuse

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  • Sexual Violence Resources

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  • Self Care 101

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  • End Homelessness

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