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Domestic Violence

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.

Wichita Resources

Harbor House Wichita Family Crisis CenterWichita Area Sexual Assault Center

​What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse, is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. DV relationships may include current or former spouses, dating partners, girlfriends/boyfriends, fiancees, and individuals with a child in common.

Types of crimes that are charged in Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Battery
    May include hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, scratching, biting, strangling, hair pulling, grabbing, spitting, or hitting victim with an object.
  • Damage to Property
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Preventing a victim or witness from making a report
  • Violation of a protection from abuse order
  • Harassing by phone

Risk Factors

  • Increasing severity or frequency of physical violence
  • Access to firearm
  • Use or threats to use a weapon against you
  • Threatens to harm or kill you or loved ones
  • Uses drugs or excessive use of alcohol
  • Leaves you threatening notes, spies on you, calls you to check up on you
  • Controls your daily activities
  • Has harmed you when you are pregnant
  • Threatens to commit suicide
  • Has forced you to have sex
  • You are leaving or recently left an abusive relationship

Warning Signs

  • Extreme jealousy
  • Insults, shames or demeans you
  • Controls the household money, does not let you get a job or go to school
  • Acts in ways that scare you
  • Destroys your property
  • Threatens to harm you, your family, your children or others around you
  • Controls who you see, where you go, what you do

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, and 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.