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Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors through the use of power and control tactics used by one person over another in an intimate relationship. Partners may be dating, married or not married; separated; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, living together or not living together. Such abusive behaviors can include pushing, shoving, slapping, throwing objects; choking, isolating you from your loved ones; being called names and threatening to hurt you. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, crossing all boundaries of culture, age, race, sex, education, and socioeconomic status. No one deserves to be abused, no matter what the circumstances.

Sexual violence includes:
Rape: an unwanted sexual coercion against someone. It is about power and control and is not about sex. It is largely an underreported violent crime that harms anyone, regardless of age, sex, race, class, sexual orientation and disability.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): As noted by ECPAT International in its information booklet on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), (CSEC) as defined by The Declaration and Agenda for Action against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is the “…sexual abuse by the adult and remuneration in cash or kind to the child or a third person or persons.”

Child abuse is defined by the Penal Code as “a physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person”. In addition to physical injuries, child abuse also includes general and severe neglect, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment and emotional maltreatment.
Human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is considered to be the third most profitable form of trafficking following drugs and arms.

Stalking is a series of repeated, unwanted actions that are intended to make an individual feel threatened or harassed, making him/her feel afraid or in danger. Such behaviors can include making harassing phone calls, appearing at work or home, leaving threatening messages or objects, and vandalizing property. Stalking is a serious and often violent crime and can escalate over time.

A list of various resources for law enforcement, including shelters and mobile response teams.


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