Domestic Violence
Coordinating Council (DVCC)

Awareness and Prevention Resources

Domestic Violence consists of “Intimate Partner Violence,” which includes current and former spouses, current and former dating couples with or without a child in common and dating couples. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. IPV can vary in frequency and severity. It occurs on a continuum, ranging from one hit that may or may not impact the victim to chronic, severe battering.

Domestic Violence also includes “Non-Intimate Partner Violence,” which is violence between individuals who are not intimate partners, but have a familial relationship, such as, mother/adult son, or brother/sister.


Cycle of ViolenceAwareness - Cycle of Violence Image
The Cycle of Violence has been described as having three stages: the tension building stage; the violent episode; and the honeymoon stage. Each stage is defined by certain characteristics.




Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Healthcare Professionals
The Manual helps providers recognize domestic violence; feel comfortable in screening for domestic violence and provides important resources and tools. Since the release of the Manual, members of the Medical Committee have traveled the state training nurses, doctors, residents, and other medical professionals regarding the complexities of screening and working with victims of domestic violence.

Advocates Guide for Working with Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
The Guide provides practical tips and considerations to help advocates address the complex and unique needs of an immigrant victim including a list of both state and national resources.



Please contact or call (302) 255-0410 to order copies for your agency.

Domestic Violence: How It Affects Children
Domestic Violence: How It Affects Children (Spanish)
A brochure which outlines the effects domestic violence has on children.

SafetyPlan (Spanish)
A brochure which outlines ways to help protect yourself and your children.


Domestic Violence 

Please contact or call (302) 255-0410 to order copies for your agency.

Domestic Violence – Shoe Card
Statewide resource numbers for domestic violence, and sexual assault victims.

Teen Sexting Fact Sheet
A fact sheet for teens, parents and educators


Power & Control Wheels

Power & Control Wheel (below) shows the kinds of behavior perpetrators use to gain and maintain control over their victim. Domestic violence abuse is never an accident.

Domestic Violence Abuse
Domestic Violence Abuse (Spanish)
Later in Life
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender & Bisexual
Second Hand Abuse
Teen Dating Violence


Teen Dating Violence Awareness Websites

Statistics show that 1 in 3 teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship.  

In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse. Dating violence crosses all racial, economic and social lines and can be physical, sexual, economic or psychological. Early intervention is thought to be essential to helping young people develop healthy, respectful relationships with their partners.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Information on Dating and Violence
Break the Cycle
Safe & Respectful


Center for Disease Control – Teen Dating Violence

CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships. Dating Matters is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model that builds upon current evidence-based practice and experience to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth. Three components of the Dating Matters comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model are currently available on CDC’s VetoViolence website.

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
New Castle County 302-658-2958
Kent & Sussex Counties 1-800-701-0456

A statewide, nonprofit organization and coalition of organizations, groups and individuals that strive to promote conditions that prevent and eliminate domestic violence by educating its members and community partners; providing informational resources to the community; and advocating as a strong, unified voice for victims/survivors of domestic violence, children who are affected, domestic violence programs and victim service providers.

Futures Without Violence

From domestic violence and child abuse, to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.

Healthy Relationship Website – Love is Respect

Provides information to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement.

Sexual Assault Network of Delaware/ContactLifeline  761-9800 ext. 1003

Raises awareness of the problem of sexual assault in all its forms. They include, but are not limited to: sexual assault/violence, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual exploitation such as human trafficking and the international sex trade.

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