Verbal or physical abuse is not love. It’s not normal. It’s not ever something you deserve or have brought on yourself. Abuse is intentional, unwarranted, and wrong. You never have to stay in an abusive relationship or continue to hide from a past partner.
While facing an abuser is difficult, and taking legal action is intimidating, there are people and services available to help you get out of the relationship safely and move forward.
If you’re ready to take steps against an abuser, learn more about how Crisis Center North can help. If at any time you’re in fear for your life, dial 911.
Any type of physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse that happens between you and a current or former partner, spouse, or someone you’re dating is considered intimate partner violence. You may have also heard the terms “domestic violence” or “domestic abuse.” These are all one in the same.
Intimate partner violence can occur among straight or same-sex couples, and you don’t have to be sexually intimate with the person for it to still be considered abuse.
Abuse can take on many forms. It is most often illegal and always unjustified.
Psychological and emotional abuse
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men over the age of 18 have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.*
Remember, you always have the right to seek medical attention, save evidence, and take legal action against your abuser. Here are a few steps to consider:
AHN partners with Crisis Center North, a Pittsburgh-based counseling and resource center, to connect you to the help you need:
Call (412) 364-5556 for their FREE, confidential 24/7 hotline. You can learn more about services, schedule an appointment to speak to a counselor, or just chat through your circumstances.
Text (412) 444-7660 to chat confidentially with a counselor.
Crisis Center North counselors are also available at three AHN locations — AHN Allegheny General Hospital, AHN Federal North Outpatient Services, and AHN West Penn Hospital.
There are many other local shelters and counselors available to help. Take a look at additional domestic abuse resources for women.