Frequently Asked Questions

What is Domestic Violence?
    Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that establishes power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.  Domestic violence is often physical, but it also may include emotional and psychological abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, isolation and stalking.  The motivation for domestic violence is control of another person's thoughts and behavior.  Many people are not aware that domestic violence includes non-chemical forms of abuse.  Kedish House works with many victims of emotional and psychological abuse, two common forms of control intended to isolate victims and cause them to feel as though they are to blame for the situation.

What is Sexual Assault?
     Sexual assault is the act of forcing another person to do something of a sexual nature that he or she does not wish to do.  Sexual assault is an aggressive and violent act rather than a sexual act.  Victims are young and old, male and female, married and single, and of any race.  Sexual assault happens everywhere in our society, including rural areas. 



What are my legal options?
     Victims of domestic violence may take two routes in seeking legal protection; civil and criminal.  The civil route involves seeking a protection order.  If you wish to seek criminal charges, contact law enforcement and make a complaint.  They may open an investigation, and the prosecutor will determine if charges may be brought.  If convicted, penalties may include batterers' streatment, fines, and incarceration.

What is a Protection Order?
     A protection order is a court order that bars the abuser from having contact with the victim either at home or at work.  Victims of domestic violence may seek a protection order with assistance  from Kedish House advocates.  Keep in mind:

  • The person asking for protection must appear in court after filing the papers.

  • The protection order may be granted for up to one year or longer

  • The order may offer temporary provisions regarding custody and visitation of children.

  • A protection order can be obtained free of charge.

  • If the abuser violates the order, he/she faces criminal penalties.

  • A protection order can be a useful tool, but you will also want to discuss a thorough safety and protection plan with an advocate from Kedish House.