Help with Domestic Violence
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What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence occurs when one person in a relationship tries to control the other. It affects people of all ages, races, and religions, rich or poor.
Sometimes people are not sure if they are victims of domestic abuse. Maybe they have not been hurt badly. Maybe they have not been hit at all. Domestic abuse is more than physical violence. A person might be a victim of abuse if a partner does things to make the other person afraid. Or, if they cut the victim off from contact with other people.
What are some examples of domestic violence?
If your partner or caregiver does any of the following, you may be a victim:
- Hurts you with words or physical force;
- Uses sex to hurt you;
- Uses money to control you;
- Tries to control who you see (friends or family) and when you can see them.
Who can be affected by domestic violence?
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Victims may include men, women, gay/lesbian partners, children, or senior citizens.
Healthfirst takes domestic violence very seriously. Let us help you be safe.
Specially trained Healthfirst representatives are available to help members who may suffer from domestic violence. They can help you get the services you need.
If you think you may be a victim of abuse, please call Healthfirst at 1-888-394-4327 and ask to speak to the Domestic Violence Coordinator. Making this phone call can be the hardest step, but we are here to listen and help.