Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological action, or threats of actions that influence another 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. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Voilence affects people of all socioeconomic background and education levels.

signs of an abusive relationship


  • Advocacy for victims of domestic violence
  • One-on-one peer counseling
  • Goal-setting
  • Emergency crisis shelter for victims and their children
  • Referrals to mental health or other counseling agencies as needed
  • Domestic violence assessments
  • Weekly support group
  • Referrals to community resources


Open to adult victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner abuse; meets Tuesdays, 5-6 PM. SHCC support groups are always FREE and confidential. Groups are offered in both English and Español. Child care is provided. Learn More