How do I know if I am in a domestic violence relationship?
¿Cómo puedo saber si estoy en una relación abusiva?
How can I help a friend or family member in an abusive relationship?
¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi amigo o miembro de mi familia en una situación de Violencia Doméstica?
Domestic violence (DV), also known as battering, is a pattern of behavior where one person tries to control the thoughts, beliefs or actions of an intimate partner, or a relative. While the violence may cause injury, it does not have to be physical. Domestic violence also takes the form of emotional, verbal, mental, sexual and economic abuse.
It is important to understand that domestic violence does not discriminate. It occurs in relationships regardless of culture, educational background, age, sex, socio-economical status,religious background, race, and sexual orientation.
Domestic Violence Services at Whittier Street Health Center
Whittier Street Health Center is dedicated to offering supportive services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
- If you are currently in a domestic violence relationship, or have been in the past
- If you are interested in learning more about healthy relationships
- If you are concerned about a friend or family member in an abusive relationship
Ask to speak to the domestic violence advocate at Whittier Street Health Center.
The advocate can offer crisis intervention, advocacy, support, counseling, education, referral information, and assist you with safety planning. All services are free, confidential, and available to Whittier Street Health Center patients or members of the community. Call 617-989-3027 to learn more about the program or to make an appointment.
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or SAFELINK, the Massachusetts 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, at 1-877-785-2020, for assistance.
Si usted está en peligro inmediato, llame al 9-1-1 o a SAFELINK, la línea directa Nacional de Massachusetts de Violencia Domestica abierta 24 horas, al 1-877-785-2020, para recibir asistencia.