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Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in any family or intimate relationship whereby one partner seeks to gain or maintain power and control over the other. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological. The abuser takes action or makes threats that influence the other person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Please join the Palos Heights Police Department and the Crisis Center for South Suburbia in spreading awareness, education, and resources for people affected by domestic violence. Please see the Crisis Center for South Suburbia's website for further information on their mission and how you can help support them.