Domestic Violence

If you or anyone you know are the victim of domestic violence, get help immediately; there are many community resources designed to help you.


You are not alone

It is not your fault

Help is available


Domestic violence is defined by the Indiana Code as:

IC 5-26.5-1-3 "Domestic violence" includes conduct that is an element of an offense under IC 35-42 or a threat to commit an act described in IC 35-42 by a person against a person who: (1) is or was a spouse of; (2) is or was living as if a spouse of; (3) has a child in common with; (4) is a minor subject to the control of; or (5) is an incapacitated individual under the guardianship or otherwise subject to the control of; the other person regardless of whether the act or threat has been reported to a law enforcement agency or results in a criminal prosecution. As added by P.L.273-2001, SEC.3.

The Domestic Violence Handbook offers a broader definition:

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.


  • name-calling or putdowns
  • keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  • withholding money
  • stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • actual or threatened physical harm
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • intimidation

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 are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

IUPD offers several self defense courses designed to educate and empower the participants. The Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD system is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is taught at several of the campuses.  For more information contact your IU Police Department

National Toll-Free Hotline for Victims of Domestic Violence

1-800-799-SAFE (799-7233)

National Resources