Any physical assault (including sexual assault) committed against you by anyone, including by your spouse or partner is considered a crime. When your spouse or partner commits the physical assault (i.e., beating) it is called domestic violence. It is also important to note that non-consensual intercourse (even by married couple) is considered rape, and is referred to as marital rape. If this type of crime is committed against you or someone you know, there is help. Remember that you are the victim and that you are not at fault. Don’t remain silent. Here is a list of resources for you:
National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), www.ndvh.org. Bilingual staff and a language line are available for every non-English speaking caller. Deaf abused women can also find help at the Hotline by calling the TTY line at 1-800-787-3224. Call volume is steadily increasing, proving that people are learning about the Hotline, and calling as a way of taking that first step in overcoming the abuse that is plaguing their lives.
Sexual Assault Crisis Services in Connecticut (CONN SACS), If you go to the CONN SACS Web site at www.connsacs.org/help/centers.html, you can obtain a full listing of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis centers. Call 1-888-999-5545 toll free 24-hours a day and be connected to the Sexual Assault Crisis center in your area. They also have service in Spanish – call 1-888-568-8332. Below is the listing for the New Haven area:
Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis, Inc.
Sexual Assault Crisis Services of Greater New Haven
911 State St,
624-2600 or (800) 842-2288,
Each center provides these services:
- Hotline Services 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
- 24 hour Crisis Counseling
- Information & Referral
- Advocacy for children and non-abusing parent
- Short-term counseling for victims and their families and/or friends
- Support groups and more
- Community education programs dealing with sexual assault issues
- Community prevention programs dealing with safety concerns, etc.
All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.
Don’t forget that the OISS and the Yale Women’s Center can provide assistance, resources and support for you.
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