The Wendt Center provides specialized crisis intervention and counseling services to survivors of domestic violence, including children.
1 in 4 women experience Intimate-Partner Violence (IPV) or Domestic Violence (DV).
1 in 14 men experience Intimate-Partner Violence (IPV) or Domestic Violence (DV).
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 days, 7 days a week, anywhere in the country: 800-799-SAFE.
For the DC Domestic Violence Hotline call 202-749-8000.
For an appointment call the Wendt Center 202-624-0010.
What is Domestic Violence (DV) / Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?
- DV / IPV exists when an intimate or romantic partner uses a pattern of abusive behavior to gain or maintain control over a current or former partner.
- Abuse may or may not include physical &/or sexual violence. Sometimes an abusive partner focuses their behavior on controlling patterns of mental / emotional / verbal / financial abuse, control, intimidation and/or stalking.
- DV/IPV can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, income, gender, religion, education or ability/disability status. It can happen in couples who are married are living together, or who are dating.
Many survivors feel like they are all alone and that on one will understand. Other survivors feel like all relationships wind up being abusive, so there is no point trying to change things.
According to the Center for Disease Control:
- More than 1 in 3 women in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
- Nearly 3 out of 10 women reported a negative impact and/or the seeking of services after their experience of IPV
- More than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner
- 1 out of 10 men reported a negative impact and/or the seeking of services after their experience of IPV
From this we know 3 things:
- Survivors are not alone.
- Survivors are not weak because IPV has affected them.
- Non abusive intimate partnerships are the norm.
If you or someone you know has experienced IPV or DV, encourage them to reach out and get help. The Wendt Center offers individual and group counseling for survivors or intimate partner violence and/or domestic violence. Please call our intake coordinator at 202-624-0010.