Domestic Violence

Abuse is forceful, controlling behavior that makes a woman do what the abuser wants without regards to her feelings about her body or health.

A woman is considered abused if she has repeated physical or emotional harm done to her by a person she has an intimate relationship with.


  • Battering and physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Emotional or psychological abuse


If you are still in the relationship:

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument develops
  • Make a list of safe people to contact
  • Keep change with you at all times
  • Memorize important phone numbers
  • Establish a “code word or sign” so family members know when to call for help
  • Keep a prepacked suitcase for self and children
  • Keep spare set of car keys or an alternative form of transportation
If you have left the relationship:
  • Change your phone number
  • Screen calls/ caller ID
  • Save and document all calls and messages
  • Change locks
  • Only meet partner in a public place if you must meet him
  • Vary your routine
  • Notify school and work contacts
  • Try to avoid staying alone


  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-7233
  • Ky Statewide Crisis: 1 (502) 581-7222 (they accept collect calls)
  • State Police: 1 (800) 222-5555
  • In Lexington, YMCA spouse abuse center: 1 (859) 233-9927 or 1 (800) 544-2022.






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