What is Abuse?

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of assault and coercive behaviors, used to attain power over another person. This violence takes many forms and can happen once in a while or all the time. Although each situation is different, there are common warning signs or red-flag behaviors to look out for, including those listed in the power and control wheel. Knowing these signs is an important step in preventing and stopping violence. Click here to learn more about Domestic Violence.

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What is Technology Abuse?

Technology Abuse or Digital Partner Violence is the use of technologies such as cell-phones, computers, and location technologies to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online, through texts, calls, etc. It may also include stalking behavior aided by technology. Click here to learn more about Technology Abuse.

What Impact does Domestic Violence have on Children?

Children exposed to domestic violence often experience lasting cognitive, emotional, psychological, and physical effects. It is important to understand the profound impact violence has on children, and the important role of the non-offending parent in healing the parent/child relationship. Click here to learn more about the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children.

What is Teen Dating Violence?

Dating Abuse  (like domestic violence) is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Abuse affects all types of relationships, not just long-term or committed relationships. However, often violence that happens between dating teens is viewed/addressed differently than abuse in a relationship between two cohabitating or intimately involved adults. Click here to learn more about Teen Dating Violence.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Violence is forced, manipulated, or coerced sexual activity. It includes any non-consensual sexual advance; such as sexual assault, rape, exposure, and sexual harassment. Men and women can commit acts of sexual violence, and the perpetrator can be someone you know such as a friend, spouse, teacher or acquaintance, or a stranger. Sexual Violence is not about love or sex. The act is motivated by the need to have power and control. Click here to learn more about Sexual Violence. 

What is Stalking?

Stalking is unwanted pursuit, contact, intimidation, or harassment with the attempt to make a person afraid. New Beginnings work focuses on assisting victims of current or former partner stalking. Click here to learn more about Stalking.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is the title given to a wide range of acts that involve human beings being transported to another location (either another country or another part of their home country) and forced to commit actions against their will. Anyone at any age from any country can be involved in human trafficking, even citizens of New Hampshire. Click here to learn more about Human Trafficking.

What is Bullying and Teasing?

Bullying and Teasing are forms of emotional and often verbal abuse with the intent to embarrass and alienate the victim. Many instances of bullying occur in a school setting, but it is present in the adult work environment as well. Click here to learn more about Bullying and Teasing.

What is the Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse?

Click here to read more about Trauma and Substance Abuse.

Who is Affected by Abuse?

People of all cultures, races, genders, occupations, income levels, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are effected by abuse.

“My partner only abuses me after drinking or taking drugs.”

Substance abuse doesn’t cause violence, but many abusers use it as an excuse. Without help, drinking and drug use only get worse, and so will the violence.

“The abuse started only recently. Maybe it will just stop.”

Many excuses are used for battering or abuse, including illness, financial issues, or use of alcohol and drugs. The one thing that is certain is that, without help, the abuse will continue, and possibly escalate.