Domestic Abuse refers to a pattern of coercive behavior exercised by one person in a relationship over another. It is not "marital conflict," "mutual abuse," "a lovers' quarrel," or 'a private family matter." It is a CRIME! It is NOT an issue of anger or loss of control.
It is about establishing control! It may consist of repeated, severe beatings, but often it consists or more subtle forms of abuse, including verbal abuse, threats and controlling behaviors. Domestic Abuse is not a respector of anyone. Your social status, education, intellectual ability, beauty or popularity cannot save you from it, if you are with an abuser.
If any of this is happening to you, you or anyone you know, there is help available. Do no suffer in silence. If you or someone you know is being abused or is abusing someone, please call for help. There is a lot of help available.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
IF YOU NEED HELP AND HAVE NO IDEA WHERE OR WHO TO CALL, PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL 211.
Someone will answer and guide you to the service that you need.
FLORIDA ABUSE HOTLINE:
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Florida Domestic Violence Hotline:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Broward County Crisis Line:
Miami-Dade County Crisis Line
Palm beach County Crisis Line:
Monroe County Crisis Line:
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