Forms of Abuse

  • Domestic Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Human Trafficking

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or violent behavior that one partner uses to exert power and control over the other in a marriage, partnership, or intimate relationship.

Violence may appear in the form of sexual assault, threats, coercion, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional mistreatment, and/or destruction of property.

To learn more about the different forms of abuse and other domestic violence information, please click on the links below.

General Information
Power & Control wheel
Immigrant Women Power & Control wheel
Cycle of Violence from Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynchburg, Virginia
Colied Spring of Violence from the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Warning Signs
Barriers to Leaving
Safety Planning
How to Help A Friend
Guidelines for the Effective Support Person

Teen Information
Teen Power & Control wheel
Challenges of Teen Dating
Teen Safety Plan

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Information
LGBT Power & Control wheel

Teen dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors one partner uses to exert power and control over a dating partner among adolescents. Like adult domestic violence, dating violence occurs in all groups regardless of socioeconomic status, sex, race, age, religion, gender, educational background and sexual orientation. Here are some types of abuse:

Types of Abuse

Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse

Non-physical behavior such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking-in”, excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation or isolation.


Being repeatedly watched, followed, or harassed.

Physical Abuse

Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.

Sexual Abuse

Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including restricting access to birth control or condoms.

Digital Abuse

The use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated through technology.

Warning Signs

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in a way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

Are you in a healthy relationship?

For more information, please go to the following links:

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

  • Force: Rape, beating, physical restraints, and can involve being transported against their will.
  • Fraud: False offer of employment, marriage, or a better life.
  • Coercion: Threats, debt bondage, and psychological abuse.

Trafficking Indicators

  • Person shows signs of abuse or fearfulness.
  • Person does not have access to personal documents such as ID, passport, or visa.
  • Person is not fully paid, or is working excessive hours or in dangerous working conditions.
  • Person is closely supervised, and is not allowed to leave home or other  premises.
  • Person is under 18 and is working in the commercial sex industry.

Support for Victims of Trafficking

  • Free and Confidential!
  • Available in English and Asian languages.
  • Available to shelter residents and
    non-residential clients.

Our Services Include

  • A 24-hour crisis hotline – (408) 975-2739
  • A 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children (Men and FTMs will be referred to other Coalition agencies for housing).
  • Case management & crisis intervention services.
  • Help with restraining orders, family law, and immigration issues.
  • Human trafficking education and training for professionals and community groups.
  • Employment, housing, and social service advocacy.
  • Information and referrals.

SPREAD THE WORD: Talk about trafficking with your family, friends, and co-workers.

CONNECT: Identify and refer victims of trafficking to available services.

LEARN MORE: Contact Asian Women’s Home to arrange a training for your organization.

For more information, please contact: Human.Trafficking@aaci.org or call 24/7 (408) 975-2739.

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