Domestic Violence is a crime. Assault, battery and domestic violence are serious and dangerous crimes. The fact that you have or have had a relationship with the offender does not change this fact.
There is no excuse. You do not deserve to be abused or threatened. There is no excuse for anyone to hurt you. You have the right to make your own choices and to live your life without fear. You have the right to demand respect.
You are not alone. There are people who understand what you're going through and want to help. CADA's Handbook can help you protect yourself and your children. It describes the characteristics of domestic violence, explains the role of the legal system, outlines your rights and options, and provides information on community resources where you can turn for help.