Domestic Violence: A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by a partner to gain or maintain control over another partner. There are many forms of abuse included in this definition.

  • Physical abuse: hitting, biting, slapping, battering, shoving, pulling hair, burning, cutting, pinching, denying medical treatment, forcing drug/alcohol use; any type of physical behavior inflicted on the victim unwillingly

  • Sexual abuse: when an abuser forces or attempts to intimidate/ force the victim into having sexual contact or behavior without victim consent

  • Emotional abuse: invalidating, deflating victim's sense of self-worth or self-esteem, constant criticism, name calling, injuring the relationship of a victim with his or her children

  • Economic abuse: when an abuser tries to make the victim financially reliant; abusers seek to maintain total control over financial resources, withhold the victim access to funds or prohibit the victim from going to work

  • Psychological abuse: abuser invoking fear through intimidation; threatening to physically hurt themselves or the victim, children, victim's family, or friends; destruction of property, injuring pets, isolating the victim from loved ones; threats to hit injure or use a weapon

  • Stalking: following the victim, spying, watching, harassing, showing up to the victim's work, sending gifts, collecting information, making unwanted phone calls, appearing at the place where the victim may associate his-or-herself

  • Cyberstalking: online action or repeated emailing that inflicts substantial emotional distress in the recipient

Who can be Victims of Domestic Violence?

  • Spouses

  • Sexual/ Dating/ intimate partners

  • Family members

  • Children

  • Cohabitants

D.V. under the law includes dangerous crimes against children, endangerment, threatening or intimidating, assault/aggravated assault, custodial interference, kidnapping, criminal trespassing, criminal damage, disobeying court order, misconduct, using telephone to harass, general harassment, aggravated harassment, stalking, surreptitious photographing, videotaping/ filming/digitally recording, child/vulnerable adult abuse.

Are You In An Abusive Relationship?


Does your partner:

  • humiliate or yell at you?

  • criticize you and put you down?

  • ​treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?

  • ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?

  • blame you for his own abusive behavior?

Do you:​

  • feel afraid of your partner much of the time?

  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?

  • feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?

  • believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?

  • wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?

  • feel emotionally numb or helpless?

Does your partner:

  • see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?

  • act excessively jealous and possessive?

  • control where you go or what you do?

  • keep you from seeing your friends or family?

  • limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?

  • constantly check up on you?

​If any of these things are happening, you need to seek help. It's important to know that you are not alone. The way your partner acts is not your fault. Help is available, call the crisis line at 706-324-3850.


If you would like for someone to speak to your church, civic group, business, or organization about domestic violence please phone 706-256-0237 ext. 116

P.O. Box 4182
Columbus, GA 31914

Crisis Line: 706-324-3850
Admin Line: 706-256-0237
Fax: 706-324-6015