What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim - or perpetrator - of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.

It includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want, and it includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.

SafeHaven uses the widely-recognized Power and Control Wheel. The wheel is a diagram of tactics an abuser uses to maintain control of their victim.

Impact of Domestic Violence in Our Community

  • Domestic violence is pervasive: more than one in four women in the U.S. have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. (Center for Disease Control, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2017).
  • Women in Tarrant County are more likely to experience domestic violence than the national average. One in three women in our communities will experience abuse, and there were 13,827 reported family violence incidents in Tarrant County in 2017 (Texas Department of Public Safety, Crime in Texas 2017). The majority of physical assaults go unreported, and there is no reliable way to measure the emotional and financial abuse survivors endure.

You may be experiencing physical abuse if your partner does or has done any of the following abusive behaviors:

  • Damaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.)
  • Pulling hair, pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or strangled
  • Abandoned in a dangerous situation
  • Reckless driving to induce fear
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt
  • Forced to leave home or forced to stay at home (kept from leaving)
  • Hurt children in relationship
  • Used physical force in sexual situation
  • Forced substance abuse

*Physical abuse is not limited to the above behaviors. If you have concerns, please contact our 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-877-701-7233. If you are currently in a life-threatening situation, please call 911.


Call SafeHaven’s 24-Hour Hotline: 1-877-701-SAFE(7233) or National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Information compiled from the National Domestic Violence Hotline