Providing domestic violence and child abuse services to American women and children overseas

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
And the Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA.

Domestic Violence 101

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior which may include physical and sexual violence, threats, insults, and economic deprivation which is aimed at gaining then maintaining power over an intimate partner. People of all races, cultures, professions, educational backgrounds, sexual orientations, and socio-economic status experience domestic violence.

One primary aspect of Domestic Violence that must be understood in order to fully recognize the problem is the result of choice. It is NOT caused by:

  • Cultural Differences
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Problems from childhood
  • Past war experiences
  • Stress
  • Physical Illness
  • Insecurity
  • Financial problems
  • The Victim

Adapted from House of Ruth, Inc., Volunteer Training Manual, Claremont, CA (909) 623-4364.