What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is part of a system of behaviors used to establish and maintain power and control over another person. It can be physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
It’s not your fault.
Domestic violence is NOT losing one’s temper.
If you are being abused by your partner, you may feel confused, afraid, angry and/or trapped. All of these emotions are normal responses to abuse. You may also blame yourself for what is happening. No matter what others might say, you are never responsible for your partner’s abusive actions.
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are here to listen, provide advocacy and assist victims of domestic violence with their self-defined needs. We will inform victims of their rights and assist in safety planning. We offer assistance through the court system in obtaining protection orders and will accompany our clients to criminal court hearings upon request. McLeod Alliance will coordinate services with prosecution, probation, and other resources in our community.
Victims of domestic violence can meet individually with an advocate Monday through Friday 8-4:30pm at our Hutchinson offices.
Support Group is free of charge and confidential. It is a safe place to meet and talk with others about your experience.
- Been in an abusive relationship
- Wondered if you are in an abusive relationship
- Not been allowed to have friends or talk to relatives
- Not been allowed to go to work or school
- Wanted to prevent yourself from entering another abusive relationship
- Blamed yourself
- Felt hopeless and alone
- Felt afraid, worthless or ashamed
- Had a jealous or critical partner
- Been worried about how the physical and emotional abuse affects your children