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Domestic Violence

​What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person to maintain power and control over another in an intimate or familial relationship.

DV relationships may include current or former spouses, dating partners, girlfriends/boyfriends, fiancée, current or former roommates, immediate family members, and individuals with a child in common.

Types of crimes that are charged as Domestic Violence in Municipal Court

  • Battery and Assault
  • Violation of a protection from abuse order
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Telephone Harassment
  • Preventing a victim or witness from making a police report
  • Damage to Property

Risk Factors*

  • Heavy alcohol and drug use
  • Depression and suicide attempts
  • History of being physically abusive
  • Economic stress
  • Low self esteem
  • Desire for power and control in relationships
  • Attitudes accepting or justifying violence and aggression

* Risk and Protective Factors | Intimate Partner Violence | Violence Prevention | Injury Center | CDC

Warning signs**

  • Extreme Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Destroys your property
  • Forced sex or disregard of their partner's unwillingness to have sex
  • Controls all the finances
  • Abuse of other family members, children or pets
  • Accusations of the victim flirting with others or having an affair

**National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Signs of Abuse

Strangulation (“Choking”)

Has your partner put their hands on your neck or throat?

Strangulation is very dangerous. When the body is deprived of oxygen, loss of consciousness will result, if continued, ultimately death. Loss of consciousness may happen within seconds and death within minutes. If you have been choked or strangled, you should seek medical attention. Death can occur days or even weeks after the attack due to carotid artery dissection and respiratory complications such as pneumonia, acute, respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and the risk of blood clots traveling to the brain. Up to 68% of Domestic Violence Victims will experience near-fatal strangulation.

Power & Control Wheel

The Power & Control Wheel is a tool that helps explain the different ways an abusive partner uses power and control to manipulate a relationship. Download a copy of the power & control wheel.

Community Resources

Catholic Charities Harbor House

P: (316) 263-6000

Visit Harbor House website

Wichita Family Crisis Center

P: (316) 267-7233(SAFE)

Visit Wichita Family Crisis Center website

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC)

P: (316) 263-0185

Visit WASAC website

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

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The hotline is answered by trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is confidential. Staff can provide support, education and safety planning. Multiple languages available.


VINE is the nation’s leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons. Register to get notifications of when your offender has been arrested or released.

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Civil Division of Sedgwick County District Court

This website will allow you to seek restitution in the Civil Courts if restitution is not attainable through our courts.

Visit Civil Division of Sedgwick County
District Court website

Kansas Attorney General's Victim Compensation Website

Kansas Attorney General’s Victim Compensation Website. This is a resource for victims to receive financial support for medical bills, wage loss, therapy services, and relocation for safety expense.

Visit Kansas Attorney General's Victim
Compensation website

Sedgwick County PFA Office

P: 316-660-5290

Protection from Abuse and Protection from Stalking orders are issued by the county. They are not within the City of Wichita’s jurisdiction and all questions should be directed to the PFA office.

Kansas Protection Order Portal

Visit KS POP website