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Domestic Violence is an abusive behavior whereby a person intends to
establish and maintain power and control over a person with whom she/he
has or has had, a significant personal (usually intimate) relationship.
Power and control are exerted through physical, sexual, psychological,
and/ or economic means. Examples of domestic violence include, but are
not limited to:
- Threats to cause harm
- Verbal harassment
- Crimes against property
- Violation of an interim protective order, protective order
or peace order
- Display or discussion of weapons
- Assault and battery
For a victim or potential victim of domestic violence, the best advice
is to prepare a safety plan in anticipation of needing to leave a violent
situation. Then one can avoid an accelerating violent situation by having
a place to go and a support system in place. In Prince George's County,
both The Family Crisis Center and House of Ruth provide good advice on
If immediate assistance is needed call 9-1-1