Domestic Violence – Things You Need To Know

What is Domestic Violence?

It is a pattern of behavior that includes the use or threat of violence and intimidation for the purpose of gaining power and control of another person.

The following is a list of types of abuse:

  • Physical Abuse – Hitting, kicking, slapping
  • Economic Abuse – Controlling the family income, causing the victim to lose a job.
  • Emotional Abuse – Insulting, criticizing to weaken the victim’s self confidence.
  • Verbal Abuse – Threatening to hurt or kill the victim, children, family, name calling.
  • Isolation – Keeping someone from seeing others, controlling how a person thinks.
  • Control – Monitoring phone calls, not allowing someone to make phone calls.
  • Sexual Abuse – Is any unwanted sexual contact or threat, or forcing sex on another person.
1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

National Events

  • January is Stalking Awareness Month | Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • March 13 is National Bystander Awareness Day
  • April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month | National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Awareness Day
  • June is LGBT Pride Month
  • June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • July 30th is World Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month | National Bullying Prevention Month
What is Family Violence?

An act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household. Examples of abuse include:

  • Acts intended to result in physical harm
  • Acts that cause bodily injury or assault
  • Threats that reasonably places the member in fear of possible physical harm
  • Acts intended to cause emotional harm
What is Stalking?

A person commits stalking if the person intentionally engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person by causing reasonable fear to their safety or safety of immediate family, fear of physical injury or death. Below are common stalking behaviors:

  • Mailing cards or other cryptic messages
  • Breaking windows, or damaging partners home.
  • Taking partners mail
  • Watching partner from a distance
  • Hang-up calls on the telephone
  • Filing numerous pleadings in court cases
  • Filing for custody of children regardless of their needs
What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual contact or threat. Some types of sexual acts are attacks such as rape, attempted rape, child molestation, and fondling.  Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent.   Examples of sexual assault include:

  • Someone touching, fondling, kissing or making any unwanted contact with your body
  • Someone forcing you to look at sexually explicit material or forcing you to pose for sexually explicit pictures
What is Teen Dating Violence?
  • Does your relationship seem like it got serious really fast?
  • Does your BF/GF ever make you feel badly about yourself or put you down?
  • Does your BF/GF ever say hurtful things about the way you look or the things that are important to you?
  • Do you ever feel like your BF/GF texts you too much?
  • Does your BF/GF ever act aggressively or violently in an argument?
  • Do you feel worried or scared when your BF/GF drinks or uses drugs?
  • Has your BF/GF ever shared anything private about you on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc?
What is a Danger Assessment?

The danger assessment helps determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner.  Seven people in FMYN will be certified to conduct this assessment in the near future. In the meantime, you may meet with the Domestic Violence Victim and Witness Advocate located in the Prosecutor’s Office in Fort McDowell, Arizona.

What is Strangulation?

Strangulation may obstruct the carotid arteries in the neck, depriving the brain of oxygen. … Over the past 20 years, prosecutors and physicians have paid closer attention to the serious danger caused by strangulation, and strangulation is now recognized as one of the most lethal forms of violence. Oct 16, 2019

Contact Us

In emergency situations always call 911. For non-emergency help or advice call the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Victim Advocate Line at 480-789-7672 (Mon-Thurs 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) or email Natasa Pavlina at On evenings, weekends and holidays call the Police Department at 480 837-1091