Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, economic, and emotional abuse. These abusive behaviors become a pattern that an individual uses to get and maintain power and control over their partner.
If you think that your relationship is abusive or if you know someone who you think is being abused, call the 24-hour Philadelphia domestic violence hotline at (866) 723-3014.
You an also access these resources for people affected by domestic violence.
Domestic violence can have a negative impact on the children who live in the home where it occurs. The Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a variety of other services to help families and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. There are also services to help abusive partners change their behavior. The programs we support:
- Offer a variety of services, including voluntary prevention services. These are provided by domestic violence agencies. These are services for the person being abused, for the children who witness domestic violence, and for the person who is doing the abuse.
- Support a parent who is trying to keep the family safe despite an abusive partner’s behaviors.
- Keep abusive partners accountable for their behavior and support them in the process of changing to become healthier partners and parents.
Who to contact
If domestic violence has impacted your family, contact one of the following providers directly. Or, if you have a DHS worker or Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) Case Manager, ask them to make a referral for you.
- The Latina Domestic Violence Program at Congreso de Latinos Unidos
- Lutheran Settlement House’ Bilingual Domestic Violence Program
- Women Against Abuse
- Women In Transition
If you think you have been harming your partner, Menergy can help you change those behaviors, regardless of your gender.
Learn more about the City’s domestic violence strategy.