|The Houston Police Department and the Houston Area Women’s Center are working together to educate the community in order to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence. Through education we work to provide resources for survivors and to increase the reporting of sexual and domestic violence to law enforcement.|
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the use of physical force or threatening behavior by one member of a household towards another. It is against the law!
Domestic Violence Includes:
Physical Abuse: hitting, kicking, choking, punching, slapping, burning and shoving
Emotional Abuse: constant criticism and insults, isolation from family, friends and coworkers, threats against the victim and the victim’s family
Economic Abuse: not allowing the victim to work or study, not allowing the victim to have access to checking and savings accounts, controlling finances
Sexual Abuse: rape, forcing the victim to participate in sexual activities that she or he finds degrading
Break Through the Lies! It is NOT Your Fault!
Lie #1: “I’m the only one.”
Truth: According to the FBI, every nine seconds a woman is beaten in her home.
Lie #2: “I asked for it.”
Truth: It is not your fault! Domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes punishable by law.
Lie #3: “Batterers don’t rape.”
Truth: Most often, a woman is raped in her home by someone she knows.
Lie #4: “This is normal.”
Truth: Battering is a serious problem which affects our families, our friends and our community.
Lie #5: “No one can help me.”
Truth: The Houston Area Women’s Center and the Houston Police Department are here to help.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AGAINST THE LAW!
Emergency and Police / Ambulance 911
Non-emergency Police 713-884-3131
The Houston Area Women’s Center
Sexual Assault Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline
For more information, visit www.houstonpolice.org or www.hawc.org
Houston Police Department
Public Affairs Office
Community Outreach Unit
1200 Travis, Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77002