Personal Safety Plan

Safety plans might help you anticipate the dangers you may face. Just as abusers continually shift their tactics of power and control, your safety plan is an adaptable tool to help increase your safety in you ever-changing situation.

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About Domestic Violence

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lives. That means domestic violence affects someone you may know, someone you may love. 

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

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Community education

Domestic violence is a community health problem. When we come together as a community, we can truly break the cycle of domestic violence.

Below are a few resources Newhouse offers to help all community understand the power and prevalence of domestic violence. If you are interested in bringing one of these educational experiences to your group, company, church, or organization, please reach out to

In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence

In Her Shoes is an interactive presentation that fosters empathy with victims of domestic violence. Participants move, do, think and experience the lives of abused women. It is the experiential nature of “In Her Shoes” that allows participants to understand the severe challenges faced by abused women and to answer for themselves that enduring question: Why doesn’t she just leave?

In Their Shoes: Teens & Dating Violence

Designed with the classroom in mind, In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence is an engaging way to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships with young people in one class period. Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

Speaker’s Bureau

Community outreach promotes education and awareness about:

  • Domestic violence in the workplace
  • How the faith community can respond to domestic violence
  • How domestic violence impacts children
  • Teen dating violence