Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Line: (719) 633 - 3819
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What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including threats of violence or use of violence. Domestic violence may include emotional abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse. Emotional and verbal abuse is just as pervasive as physical and sexual abuse, instills fear, and firmly establishes a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.
Domestic violence occurs in 1 in 6 households. More statistics.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any kind of unwanted sexual contact, including verbal, emotional and physical acts. Sexual assault can be unwanted sexual comments, touching, penetration of any part of the body.
Along with domestic violence, rape is among the most under-reported crimes in America. Sexual assault happens to 1 in 4 women in Colorado. More statistics.
Anyone can be the victim (and a survivor) of domestic violence regardless of their gender age, race, class, educational, sexual orientation, gender expression (male, female, transgender and intersex), socioeconomic status or other defining characteristics.
Research suggests that it occurs every 15 seconds and claims a woman's life every 21 days. According to a FBI report, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury among women ages 15 to 44.
All of TESSA's services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are confidential.
More Information on Sexual Assault
In Their Own Words:
(The names used below have been changed to protect the victim.)
“Coming to group therapy helped me create a safety plan, and to not go back to my abuser,” says April. “The group gives me a safe place to talk in an environment where my experience is validated and not judged, and I’m not made to feel guilty … This group has helped me to feel more aware of things like how my abuser controlled me. Now I feel stronger and more hopeful.”
There are resources for victims of violence and assault in many communities. Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious crimes and survivors have the right to safe, confidential services that may or may not end in legal action. If you need help, our crisis line number is (719) 633-3819 in the United States. To find a program near you, check our links.
Click here if you think you've been sexually assaulted.
Click here if you think you're in a dangerous or unhealthy relationship.