According to the United States Department of Justice, domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Many types of abuse are included in the definition of domestic violence:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Threats
  • Stalking
  • Cyberstalking

A common cycle of behaviors is represented in the wheel below:

Graphic depicting a common cycle of domestic violence behaviors, from tension building to acute explosion to honeymoon

If You are a Victim of Domestic Violence

For your safety at home, you may wish to:

For your safety at work, you may wish to:

  • Contact the Duke Police 919-684-2444. Often perpetrators of domestic violence will attempt to sabotage their partners' careers or jobs. They often do this through relentless phone calls or texts to victims at work. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed about your situation at home; however, there are many victims of violence in workplaces. You are not alone.
  • Ask Duke Police or Hospital Security for an escort to and from your car.
  • Contact PAS for confidential counseling.

Safety Plan

The Domestic Violence Safety Plan is a comprehensive Safety Plan for you and your family's safety

Domestic Violence Safety Plan