Domestic Violence – Things You Need To Know

What is Domestic Violence?

It is a pattern of behavior that includes the use or threat of violence and intimidation for the purpose of gaining power and control of another person.

The following is a list of types of abuse:

  • Physical Abuse – Hitting, kicking, slapping
  • Economic Abuse – Controlling the family income, causing the victim to lose a job.
  • Emotional Abuse – Insulting, criticizing to weaken the victim’s self confidence.
  • Verbal Abuse – Threatening to hurt or kill the victim, children, family, name calling.
  • Isolation – Keeping someone from seeing others, controlling how a person thinks.
  • Control – Monitoring phone calls, not allowing someone to make phone calls.
  • Sexual Abuse – Is any unwanted sexual contact or threat, or forcing sex on another person.
1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

National Events

  • January is Stalking Awareness Month
  • February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
What is Family Violence?

An act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household. Examples of abuse include:

  • Acts intended to result in physical harm
  • Acts that cause bodily injury or assault
  • Threats that reasonably places the member in fear of possible physical harm
  • Acts intended to cause emotional harm
What is Stalking?

A person commits stalking if the person intentionally engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person by causing reasonable fear to their safety or safety of immediate family, fear of physical injury or death. Below are common stalking behaviors:

  • Mailing cards or other cryptic messages
  • Breaking windows, or damaging partners home.
  • Taking partners mail
  • Watching partner from a distance
  • Hang-up calls on the telephone
  • Filing numerous pleadings in court cases
  • Filing for custody of children regardless of their needs
What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual contact or threat. Some types of sexual acts are attacks such as rape, attempted rape, child molestation, and fondling.  Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent.   Examples of sexual assault include:

  • Someone touching, fondling, kissing or making any unwanted contact with your body
  • Someone forcing you to look at sexually explicit material or forcing you to pose for sexually explicit pictures
What is Teen Dating Violence?
  • Does your relationship seem like it got serious really fast?
  • Does your BF/GF ever make you feel badly about yourself or put you down?
  • Does your BF/GF ever say hurtful things about the way you look or the things that are important to you?
  • Do you ever feel like your BF/GF texts you too much?
  • Does your BF/GF ever act aggressively or violently in an argument?
  • Do you feel worried or scared when your BF/GF drinks or uses drugs?
  • Has your BF/GF ever shared anything private about you on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc?


Contact Us

In emergency situations always call 911. For non-emergency help or advice call the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Victim Advocate Line at 480-789-7678 (Mon-Thurs 7.30am-5.30pm) or email Kasia Bouise at On evenings, weekends and holidays call the Police Department at 480 837-1091