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You have a right to be safe, and feel supported and loved.  Does your safety feel threatened emotionally, physically, or sexually? Support is available!

24-Hour Confidential Crisis Lines

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence:
STAND! for Families
Free of Violence
888.215.5555 (Español available)
Sexual Assault:
Community Violence Solutions
800.670.7273
(accessible from 925, 510, 415,
408, 707 and 650 area codes)
Suicide and Crisis Intervention:
Contra Costa Crisis Center
800.273.TALK
800.273.8255
(en Español)

Looking to make a free call for help and other resources?
Dial 211 from any pay phone (and most other phones) in  Contra Costa County to reach the Contra Costa Crisis Center

What is Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence?

The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

What is Abuse?

Domestic violence/Intimate Partner Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples that are married, living together or who are dating, and it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence can take various forms, such as:

Verbal/Emotional Abuse: Constant criticism * Humiliation * Obsessive jealousy * Threats to “out” you without your permission

Sexual Abuse may include: Using force or coercion to get sex * Sexual humiliation or pain * Refusal to practice safe sex

Physical Abuse may include: Pushes, slaps, kicks, bites, restraining, and/or the use of weapons against you * Damage or destruction of things that you value * Intimidation and threatening behavior

Economic Abuse may include: Controlling money and resources, forcing to live above means, stealing, identity theft

Cultural/Identity Abuse: Threat of outing partner’s sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or any other personal information. Using partner’s race, class, age, immigration status, religion, size, physical ability, language, and/or ethnicity, against them.

Does Intimate Partner Violence happen in the LGBTQ Community?

Intimate Partner Violence is all about control and power. It can and does happen in any kind of relationship, including LGBTQ relationships. Research estimates that up to ¼ of all LGBTQ relationships involve abuse.

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

How can I tell if I have experienced IPV?

Have you ever…

◊ Been hit, grabbed, pushed, slapped, bitten, had things thrown at you, etc.?

◊ Does your partner stop you from leaving your room or your house? Control who you talk to and where you go?

◊ Has your partner ever forced you to have sex or made you do things during sex that made you feel uncomfortable?

◊ Does your partner threaten to “out” you to your family or co-workers?

◊ Has your partner ever tried to keep you from getting medical help?

◊ Has your partner ever refused to practice safe sex? Threatened to disclose your HIV status or tell others you are HIV positive?

◊ Have you been told that you would not be believed by anyone if you disclosed the abuse?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be in an abusive relationship. Help is available.

For immediate response in the event of a crisis, please call one of the 24-Hour Confidential Crisis Lines and 911. To learn more about other services in the area for survivors of intimate partner violence, please visit STAND! for Families Free of Violence: http://www.standffov.org/

Counseling and Case Management is available through Rainbow Counseling Services.  For more information on available services, please visit http://rainbowcc.org/program/rainbow-counseling-services/ or call RCC’s confidential intake line at 925.692.2056.

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