Domestic Violence is a serious problem that effects every community, big and small. Both women and men can become victims of domestic violence, and it can effect young children right up to the elderly.
If you or someone you know are in a violent relationship, or experiencing violence in your home, it is important to seek help through the proper channels through law enforcement, the court system, support groups and trusting family and friends.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has provided "Answers To Common Legal Questions Of Domestic Violence" to help make people aware of what domestic violence is about and attempts to answer some common questions about it.
In the United States, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991, Uniform Crime Reports)
Between 1.5 to 3 million children witness domestic violence annually. In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are abused at a rate 1,500 percent higher than the national average. (National Woman Abuse Prevention Project, Washington, D.C.)
If you don't find what you need on this page, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for referrals and support: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY: 1-800-787-3224.