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Love should not hurt.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that maintain power and control over a current or former intimate partner, family members, or parents with common children.

Abuse ranges from emotional, psychological, verbal, and physical violence to financial control and isolation.

Stage 1: Tension Building

In this stage, individuals often feel as though they are “walking on eggshells” or “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” Their partner may be edgy, moody, easily angered, or unpredictable. There is a definite sense of anxiety in the air.

Stage 2: Acute or Abusive

This is the most violent stage of the cycle where concentrated and intense abuse happen. This stage is the explosion of the tension from Stage 1 and can involve any or all of the following: emotional and psychological manipulation, verbal and physical violence, financial control, and isolating or limiting access to your friends and family.

Stage 3: Honeymoon

Your partner may apologize and promise to never hurt you again, or he/she may blame you for their violence. You may experience many feelings during this phase, everything from love to confusion. The honeymoon phase may get shorter and shorter as the cycle continues.

You are worth it.

Individuals who find themselves experiencing domestic violence and abuse often blame themselves. Remember that low self-esteem and lack of confidence are results of traumatic experiences, repeated abuse, and manipulation. No, it is not your fault. You are always worth loving.

TedX: Why domestic violence victims don’t leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

You are not alone.

We are a team of dedicated advocates helping people rewrite their stores.

If you have experienced domestic violence, or are living in fear of your partner, please drop by or contact us. We can help assess your situation, create a safety plan, and/or find resources.

There is no need for an appointment or to bring any documents. You may remain anonymous if you wish and don’t need to leave your real name when you call or visit.

Walk-ins accepted. An appointment is not required.
1735 Vassar Street, Reno, NV 89502
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on holidays.

We offer access to a crisis text line during our office hours.
Text DVHELP or DVSAFE to 839863

We are available 24 hours. Call us at 775.329.4150.

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