What is domestic
Any physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, or sexual behavior
engaged in by one person to give him/her power and control over
the life of another human being.
Examples of physical abuse include hitting, punching, slapping.
Verbal abuse is name calling, threats, or constant mean spirited
language. Emotional abuse can include repeated broken promises,
lying, the love you don't love you cycle, and destruction of personal
possessions. Psychological abuse includes the systematic destruction
of a person's self-worth through harassment, deprivation of food/sleep,
threats to take custody of children, deportation, threats to harm
a victim's pet or denial of money. Sexual abuse is any unwanted
or aggressive act against the victim's body or person.
The mission of
ESCADV is to bring awareness to the Eastern Shore of Virginia
of the seriousness of the problem of domestic violence, to provide
relief to victims of domestic violence and programs to treat the
causes and symptoms of domestic violence in all those affected,
endeavoring to eventually eliminate domestic violence from our
State website: www.vsdvalliance.org