Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
1-877-739-3895National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other.  Sexual assault is conduct of a sexual or indecent nature toward another person that is accompanied by actual or threatened physical force or that induces fear, shame or mental suffering.


Somewhere in America a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice

Zonta Advocacy Against Domestic Violence

  Zonta of Farmington/Novi Presents Check for $13,000 to Help Fight Domestic Violence!

At their May 2017 meeting the Zonta Club of Farmington/Novi proudly presented ($13,000) from their 23rd annual fashion event, Steppin’ Out in Style, to First Step:  Project on Domestic and Sexual Assault.  First Step is an agency in Wayne County, Michigan that provides services to support survivors of domestic & sexual violence. The addition of these proceeds make a grand total of $516,000 that the club has donated toFirst Step from this event alone!
 Zonta of Northwest Wayne County promote self-defense through the Tiger Lady Defense Tool. Learn more here  

 Silence Hides Violence!   Zonta Club of Fenton PSA to raise awareness about domestic violence and teen dating violence:


Recognizing the warning signs and risk factors of women abuse is the first step. Safety Planning is a top priority. Here are some important things you can do to increase your safety:
  • He put her down
  • He does all the talking and dominates the conversation
  • He checks up on her all the time, even at work
  • He tries to suggest he is the victim and acts depressed.
  • He acts as if he owns her
  • He lies to make himself look good or exaggerates his good qualities
  • He acts like he is superior and of more value than others in his home.She may be apologetic and makes excuses for his behavior or becomes aggressive and angry.
  • She is nervous about talking when he’s there.
  • She seems to be sick more often and misses work.
  • She tries to cover her bruises.
  • She makes excuses at the last minute about why she can’t meet your or she tries to avoid you on the street.
  • She seems sad, lonely, withdrawn and is afraid.
  • She uses more drugs or alcohol to cope.

This information applies equally to gay and lesbian relationships. The situation may be more dangerous if, in addition to the warning signs: the couple has recently separated; the couple has custody and access issues; he has access to weapons; he is convinced she is seeing someone else; he has a history of abuse and he threatens to harm her children, her pets or her property.

  1. Tell someone you trust about the abuse
  2. Gather important documents; all personal identification, financial and legal papers, house deed/lease, address book, medication and money/credit cards.
  3. Put together valued pictures, jewelry and objects of sentimental value, as well as toys and comforts for your children.
  4. Carry a photo of the abuser and your children with you.
  5. Contact a women’s shelter or the police. Ask for an officer who specializes in women abuse cases. He/she can help you do futher safety planning.
  6. Consult a lawyer. Keep any evidence of physical abuse (such as photos). Keep a journal of all violent incidents, noting dates, events, and threats and witnesses.
  7. Make sure your children’s school or day care center is aware of the situation and has copies of all relevant documents.
  8. Do not tell the abuser you are leaving. Leave quickly.
  9. Do not return to your home, unless accompanied by the police.
  10. Never confront the abuser.


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