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Source: rawpixel.com The first DVAM was held in October of 1987, the same year that the first national toll-free domestic violence hotline was launched. US Congress designated DVAM by law two years later. Domestic violence is violence or abuse that happens in a domestic setting. It's a serious problem that affects many families and does not only refer to physical violence, bu ...

HEART4Victims is sharing multiple resources made available by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for the month of April. In the midst of these challenging times, there are many online resources available to those who assist victims of crime.    National Crime Victims’ Rights Week OVC TTAC offers several resources for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 19–25 ...

Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time. Warning Signs of Dating Abuse Because relati ...

FACTS ABOUT STALKING   What is Stalking?  While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is:  a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.   Who are the Victims of Stalking? • An estimated 6-7.5 million people are stalked in a one yea ...