Domestic Violence / Victim's Advocacy

What is Domestic Violence?
According to the law in the state of Ohio (ORC 2919.25)

  1. No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
  2. No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
  3. No person by threat of force shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.

More simply - Domestic Violence is one person imposing their will upon another through

  • Physical Abuse (Battering) pushing, grabbing,shoving, slapping, kicking,biting, restraining, hitting
  • Verbal Abuse threats, ridiculing, name calling, screaming
  • Sexual Abuse forcing unwanted sexual acts, unwanted kissing, touching, rape, incest
  • Controlling and/or Monitoring checking mileage on the car, screening calls, extreme jealousy for no reason, demanding, keeping a family member isolated from other friends and family.

Domestic Violence Education

  • All Domestic Violence is harmful. It can happen to anyone.
  • Domestic Violence is a crime by the prepetrator not the victim.
  • Violence is not a resul of victim behavior. It is a choice made by abusers who have given themselves permission to be violent.
  • Domestic Violence affects children and puts them in danger of being harmed.
  • Domestic Violence is a pattern/cycle. It escalates in frequency and severity over time. Without intervention, it does not go away.
  • Drugs and/or alcohol increase unpredictable behavior and severity of abuse.
  • People who are violent often
    • witnessed or suffered abuse as children
    • crave power
    • have low self-esteem
    • abuse drugs and/or alcohol
    • have mental or emotional problems
  • Separate, specialized Domestic Violence counseling and education for the victim and the batterer are strongly recommended.

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Common effects on children who grow up in violent families and who witness violence are: Emotional difficulties

  • Running away
  • School problems
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Submissive and/or withdrawn behavior
  • Physical problems/developmental problems

Children are more prone to become abusers and/or more likely to enter into an abusive relationship when they live in homes in which there is violence. They believe that violence is the normal and acceptable way of solving problems and handling frustrations.


Battered Women's Hotline (216) 391-4357
Laurelwood Counseling Center (440) 953-3369
Euclid Hospital (216) 761-7990
Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (216) 831-5440
Substance Abuse
Recovery Resources (216) 431-4131
Laurelwood Hospital (440) 953-3000
Templum (216) 631-2275
Salvation Army (216) 881-0559
Euclid Hunger Center (216) 731-3329
Emergency Call 911

The City of Euclid Social Service Department offers a Domestic Violence/Victims of Crime program to all Euclid residents.

These programs include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Local Counseling
  • Court Advocacy
  • Information on Victim
  • Shelter Referrals
  • Compensation
  • Support Group/No Cost
  • Education Prevention Programs