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Domestic Violence

"The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal"
~Astrid Alauda~ 


 If you are in danger, call 911 or the Monroe County Hotline at 734-242-7233 
or the Statewide Vulnerable Adult Services Help Line 1-800-996-6228
or the
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Domestic violence and Emotional Abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated, or dating. Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. 

Although emotional, psychological, and financial abuse is not criminal behaviors, they are a form of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."  


If you are being abused, REMEMBER
* You are not alone
* It is not your fault
* Help is available

Visit domesticviolence.org for much more information! 

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Monroe County Elder Justice Task Force 
is sponsored by the Monroe Aging Consortium, a voluntary association of organizations and individuals dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older Monroe County residents. The Task Force hosts an annual Senior Summit for older adults on topics related to safety, security, abuse, and financial exploitation. The Task Force meets from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm the second Monday, every other month in Monroe. Open to individuals and professionals.

Family Counseling & Shelter Services ~ Domestic Violence Special Services Program Assisting domestic violence batterers in changing behaviors and beliefs, reducing risk to women and children, and helping to break the chain of violence within our community. Our Batterer Intervention Programs meet or exceed the standards for the State of Michigan. Working hand in hand with our Monroe County law enforcement and legal system. 734-241-0180 or 734-242-7233 (24 Hour Hotline)

Our Batterer Intervention Programs meet or exceed the standards for the State of Michigan. Working hand in hand with our Monroe County law enforcement and legal system.

  • 52 Week Batterer Intervention Program
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Emergency Response Team (DVERT)
  • Adult Anger Management Classes
  • Community Advocacy

The Sunrise House
734-242-7233 (24 Hours)

Lighting a path from the darkness that is domestic violence to a haven, empowerment, and a new and independent life. 

Services Include

Courtroom/PPO Advocacy 
Child Playroom and Advocacy    
Case Management 
Support Groups
Job Training / Employment
Legal Services
Affordable Housing 
(*Referrals Only)

"A Guide to Domestic Violence and Getting Help" Domestic violence is typically committed by a relative or an intimate partner. This type of violence happens among all races and ethnicities; however, multiracial people have the highest rate of victimization by an intimate partner.

Domestic violence involves hurting or controlling someone physically, psychologically, sexually, or financially, resulting in feelings of entrapment in a relationship or home. A victim of domestic violence will often fear for their life or the lives of children or pets. For more information, please call (614) 444-1900.

Drug Rehab Connections is not a specific treatment facility, but instead, an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.

Their goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them. We are not a treatment center, nor do we refer our audience to centers. Our website is here to provide information and support only! 

Human Potential Center
 uses a variety of holistic approaches and therapies, honoring individual differences and processes, to assist individuals and groups in achieving their full potential. We provide confidential and compassionate psychological services to adults, children, and teens in many areas that include Domestic Violence. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 734-241-0142.

DrugRehab.com is a 24 hour, seven days per week, web resource that provides information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness, and addiction. For more information or help, please call 1-844-764-9280.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence legal services programs protect families—whether the case involves adoption, divorce, custody and visitation rights, or parental rights. Safety and protection of children are priorities of legal aid programs, especially when a case involves domestic violence. For more information, please call 1-202-295-1500.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) site offers safety and confidentiality concerns for individuals and professionals brochures. Call 1-855-444-3911 any time day or night, if you suspect abuse or neglect. 

Aging In Place National Council for Aging Care Recognizing Elder Abuse and Knowing Your Rights! Every month, one in 10 older adults worldwide experience some form of abuse. But with only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse reported, the true figures are likely to be much greater. And with an increasingly aging population in the United States and beyond, so will be the problem. By 2050, the global population of people aged 60 and older is predicted will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion. Call 877-664-6140 for more information.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
 has highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.  Nation Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

The Hotline is part of the largest nationwide network of programs and expert resources and regularly shares insight about domestic violence with government officials, law enforcement agencies, media, and the general public. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States.

The passage of VAWA in 1994 and its reauthorization in 2000, 2005 and 2013, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence.

Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate.                                                                                 

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.T

To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public and provides technical assistance and training to states and community-based organizations. NCEA can be reached by calling 1-855-500-3537.

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Elder Abuse Facts What is elder abuse? Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.
The United States of Elder Fraud – How Prevalent is Elder Financial Abuse in Each State? More than 5 million incidents of elder fraud occur every year in total and 1 in 10 elderly people in the US fell victim to elder fraud in the last year. The vast majority of elder fraud cases in the US go unreported with only 1 in 23.5 incidents reported to authorities.  

The National Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence in Later Life (NCALL)
 staff is available to provide information and resources about programming, outreach, collaboration, and policy development related to abuse in later life and elder abuse. Staff responds to questions by phone, email, or in-person and are available to review materials and participate on state and national advisory committees. Visit our site or call us at 1-608-255-0539 for more information.

***Please Note***

These links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community. 
This list is not all-inclusive of those resources available in our community.

The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links, or services. 
Please feel free to contact our office with any changes or corrections.

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