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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence refers to a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one partner in an intimate relationship to gain control over the other. It can be physical, emotional, verbal, psychological, financial, or sexual in nature, and it often involves a cycle of tension-building, explosive violence, and reconciliation.  Desert Rose offers programs and services to assist in breaking the generational cycle of violence in families – please reach out to our crisis line if you need help or information. 

Who can be a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or cultural background. Both men and women can be victims, and it occurs in various types of relationships, such as romantic partnerships, marriages, teen dating relationships, and family relationships. 

What are some of the main signs of domestic violence?

Signs of domestic violence may include physical injuries, unexplained absences from social events, isolation from friends and family, changes in behavior or personality, frequent fearfulness, controlling behavior from a partner, and sudden changes in financial control. Drug and alcohol use exacerbates the potential for domestic violence within a household and is a common factor in households experiencing domestic abuse.

What legal protections are available for victims?

Legal protections for domestic violence victims vary by jurisdictionThey can include restraining orders, orders of protection, emergency custody orders for children, and criminal charges against the abuserIt’s important to consult local laws and law enforcement to understand the options available. Locally, Desert Rose provides legal advocacy and referrals for survivors of domestic abuse. If you need assistance or advice to file a civil protective order, we can work with you to collect evidence and submit a petition to the local court system. 

Can domestic violence be prevented?

Preventing domestic violence involves a combination of education, awareness, and interventionCommunities, schools, and workplaces can provide education about healthy relationships and early warning signs of abuseEncouraging open communication, promoting gender equality, and teaching conflict resolution skills can also contribute to prevention efforts. Desert Rose works toward prevention by providing community outreach services to different Morgan County populations – including high school groups, local churches, civic organizations, and other individuals and groups. We also work closely with local law enforcement and the Prosecutor’s Office to assist victims of domestic violence seeking services beyond the criminal justice system. 

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