Years of research has shown that substance abuse increases risk of experiencing sexual assault. This may have a negative impact on the disclosure process. For further information on different substancesmental illnesses, and how to find drug rehab, visit the Addiction Center. 

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence or "DV" is a term that is commonly used, yet many people do not understand what it is, or what behaviors are considered to be DV in nature. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), DV is the "willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another."  Additionally, the NCADV reports that DV has several different forms, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence and emotional abuse. Moreover, the NCADV states that both the frequency and severity of DV may vary from relationship to relationship. Finally, the NCADV reports that the central component of DV is the effort of one partner to maintain both POWER and CONTROL over another individual (What is Domestic Violence?, n.d.) For further information concerning domestic violence click here.  

Domestic Violence often occurs in homes with substance abuse issues, for further information concerning this issue please click here. 

For an overview of the impact that substance use has on domestic violence, please visit Shoreline Recovery Center's website or click here.

Crime Victim Assistance Programs

The Crime Victim Assistance (CVA) program is funded via bond, bail and other criminal monies. To receive these benefits, charges must be pressed against the perpetrator, and an application must be completed. If the application is approved by the state, these funds are then distributed to help repay a survivor's lost wages, medical bills, the cost of mental health therapy as well as other financial losses sustained by a survivor because of the crime (Office for Victims of Crime, n.d.) For further information concerning the application process and benefits, please click here.



What is Domestic Violence? (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2016, from http://ncadv.org/learn-more/what-is-domestic-violence

Office for Victims of Crime. (n.d.). Victims of Crime Act Crime Victims Fund. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from https://www.ncjrs.gov/ovc_archives/factsheets/cvfvca.htm 



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