24 Hour Hotline: 1-845-471-3033

Grace Smith House


An Open Door for Victims of Domestic Violence

Say No to
Domestic Violence
Saying No
Shouldn't Hurt
We are an Open
Door for Domestic
Violence Survivors

Domestic Violence Survivors

The most important aspect of empowering victims of domestic violence is to validate their experience. Effective advocacy begins with listening to their story, believing them, and helping them acknowledge the injustice.

Unlike a relationship based on nonviolence and equity, domestic violence is based on power and control. Abusers maintain their control through a complex set of abusive behaviors including emotional and psychological, economic, sexual, stalking, and physical abuse. A common abuse tactic is to invalidate the perceptions of the victim to the point that she herself doubts her own experiences. Even more common is the tactic of isolating the victim from friends, family, anyone who might offer perspective and validation.


Links for More Information on Domestic Violence