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(727) 895-4912 | TTY: (727) 828-1269
Outside Pinellas County: (800) 500-1119 | TDD: (800) 621-4202

Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to establish power and control over an intimate partner, often taking the form of intimidation, physical violence, emotional degradation or economic abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, don't hesitate to contact CASA for confidential advice.

  - Facts and Stats 
  - What is Domestic Violence?
  - What are the Warning Signs?
  - How Does the Abuser Maintain Control Over the Victim?
  - How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACT SHEET

USA: Staggering Facts

USA: Economic & Health Costs

USA: Children & Families

LOCAL STATS (2016 data from the State of Florida)

Domestic violence is notoriously under-reported. The real rates of abuse are likely to be much higher than official stats show!

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic abuse takes many forms. The following are examples of abusive behaviors. If you suspect abuse but do not witness one of these behaviors, do not discount it; call CASA at 727-895-4912.

Verbal Abuse 
Does your partner say things that shame, ridicule, or insult you:

Emotional/Psychological/Mental Abuse
Does your partner do any of the following:

Does your partner alarm you or make you feel uncomfortable by mistreating your pet:

Financial Abuse
Does your partner control your ability to access money:

Sexual Abuse
Does your partner do the following:

Physical Abuse
Does your partner do any of the following:

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Warning Signs of an abusive relationship
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How Abusers Maintain Control

Domestic abuse affects people of all cultures, religions, ages, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Victims are frequently blamed by friends, family, and coworkers, as well as by their abusers.

“Why does she stay?” is a common question. By blaming the survivor we take the focus from the abuser, whose behavior go unchecked. In fact, the community becomes an accomplice to the abuser, completing the isolation and fear experienced by the survivor.

Following is a partial list of factors that affect survivors making the decision to leave:

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Effects on Children

Children are the silent victims of domestic violence. Their voices may not be heard and their pain often goes unnoticed. Every child from a violent home is abused. Witnessing the two most important people in their life hurting and being hurt damages the core of the child's emotional being. The following is a partial list of the ramifications and consequences for children living with and witnessing domestic abuse:

Pre-Natal     

Infants      

Toddlers/Preschoolers      

School Age

Teenagers      

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