Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner in an intimate relationship to gain and maintain power and control over the other partner.
Common ways that one partner gains control may include the use of physical violence, intimidation and threats, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, isolation, stalking, financial control or dependence, and manipulation.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. It can develop in any relationship.
If you have ever questioned whether or not the relationship that you are in may be abusive, please consider speaking to one of our trained advocates. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office can help you explore your options and plan for your safety.
Services that the Victim/Witness Assistance Program may assist you with may include but are not limited to:
Obtaining Orders of Protection
Pursuing Criminal Charges
Petitioning Family Court
Enrolling in the NYS Address Confidentiality Program
Completing a danger assessment
Developing individualized safety plans
Applying for victim compensation
Referrals to other service providers: counseling, legal, emergency needs etc.