Domestic Violence, also referred to as domestic abuse or family violence is committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. Globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women, and women tend to experience more severe forms of violence.
In an emergency, the DeKalb County Police Department is encouraging victims of domestic violence to contact 911 for immediate assistance. The county has also partnered with several agencies to provide resources such as shelter, counseling and legal assistance.
Domestic Violence Resources
- Women’s Resource Center: 404-688-9436 or wrcdv.org
The Women’s Resource Center strives to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the diverse community of battered women and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention.
- International Women’s House: 770-413-5557 or internationalwomenshouse.org
International Women’s House is a domestic violence shelter with a mission to provide a safe haven and supportive services to women and children who are the victims of family violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking, with a focus on immigrant and refugee women and children, cultural sensitivity and self-sufficiency.
- Men Stopping Violence: 404-270-9894 or menstoppingviolence.org
Men Stopping Violence focuses on ending gender-based violence by educating and organizing men in a call to action to be a part of the solution.
- Tapestri: 404-299-2185 or tapestri.org
Tapestri is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in immigrant and refugee communities using culturally competent and linguistically appropriate methods.
- Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE): 800-398-2916 or vinelink.com
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is a free service that provides victims of crime two important features; information and notification. VINE will monitor the custody status of offenders in the DeKalb County Jail. Information is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.