Myths and Facts
MYTH: Domestic violence is rare.
FACT: Domestic violence affects 1 out of 4 women at some point during her lifetime. Men can also be victims of domestic violence, but women make up about 97% of domestic violence survivors. Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
MYTH: Domestic violence is not a serious problem in the U.S. or in Georgia.
FACT: Battering is the single largest cause of injury to women in the United States – over mugging, automobile accidents and rape, combined. (NCADV 2003). In 2009, Georgia was rated the 10th highest in the nation for the rate at which men kill women. In 2010, Georgia mourned at least 130 domestic violence related deaths.
Common abusive tactics include:
- Physical violence
- Sexual violence
- Economic abuse
- Emotional abuse
Are you concerned about abuse?
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there are resources available to help you in Central Georgia.
|Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia
227 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 204
Macon, GA 31201
Hotline: (478) 738-9800
|Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia – Dove Center
774 Hazel Street
Macon, GA 31201
Phone Number: (478) 743-5445
|Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia
Phone Number: (478) 738-9800
|Bibb County DA Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 621-6427
|Baldwin County Victim Witness Program
Phone Number: (478) 445-4445
|Ocmulgee Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 445-5261
|The Warner Robins Salvation Army Safe House
Hotline: (478) 923-6294
|HODAC (Houston Drug and Action Council)
Phone Number: 1-800-338-6745
|Houston DA Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 542-2065
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE:
|Family Advocacy Program
Phone Number: (478) 327-8398
If you want to talk to someone about the violence in your life or in the life of someone you know, please call Georgia’s 24-Hour Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836) V/TTY. As a friend or family member of someone experiencing domestic violence, it is important to be there for them and let them know that the abuse is not their fault.