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A couple gets into a fight and angrily the man tosses his girlfriend’s belongings onto the front lawn. He demands that she leaves the house immediately, threatening to call the police and have her arrested if she returns. The two had been living together for three months, and everything is in his name. She is devastated by his hurtful actions, but also intimidated by her boyfriend. Because he did not make any direct threats on her life she is unable to file a protective order, but she has nowhere else to go. Although throwing her out constitutes an unlawful lockout she does not have the money or time go forward with court proceedings. Domestic Violence is the number one cause of homelessness among women. Transitions has emergency shelter for those in need of a place to say and self-care training to help individuals who have been impacted by Domestic Violence get back on their feet. If you or anyone you know needs help please call our 24hour hotline (757) 723-7774. ...

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A woman slaps her boyfriend in the mouth every time he does something she doesn’t like. She has made a habit of assaulting him knowing that he if calls the police he will likely be stereotyped as the aggressor. He restrains himself from fighting back because he knows it is the right thing to do, but his girlfriend is emboldened by this action and continues to hit him. Her boyfriend is also aware that if he says anything to anyone he will likely be ridiculed for getting beat up by a woman. However, Transitions Family Violence Services knows that Domestic Violence is not just an issue for women, but men are also impacted by intimated partner violence. There is no shame or judgment for a man to seek help. If you or anyone you know needs help please call our 24hour hotline (757) 723-7774. ...

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The experiences of childhood shape who we become as adults. Households marred by Domestic Violence may leave children with traumatic events that may feed into the cycle of abuse. In homes where domestic violence is present child abuse is 15 times more likely to occur. Inadvertently, this can teach children how to be bullies or that enduring abuse is just a part of life, by exposing them to intimate partner violence. Transitions Family Violence Services offers emergency shelter, courtroom advocates, counseling, art and play therapy for children, and many other services. If you or anyone you know needs help please call our 24hour hotline (757) 723-7774. ...

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Instances of domestic violence increase drastically over the holiday season. The picture of the perfect family gathering creates a sense of shame in those who have been victims of domestic violence over the holiday season, which is why many may not report it. However, the vision of a happy family should not be a role that has to be played. No one should have endure abuse for fear of what others will think. If you or someone you care about is experiencing abuse, give them the gift of knowledge this holiday season. Transitions has a 24 hour emergency hotline number at (757) 723-7774. ...

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