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Domestic violence

Domestic violence is when a person uses abusive behaviour to control a partner or other family member. The abuse can be physical, emotional, economic, or sexual. It can affect people of any age, sex, culture, or class. When domestic violence is aimed at a child, it is called child abuse. Domestic violence is a crime.

Types of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can include any of these behaviours:

  • Physical abuse, including hitting, kicking, biting, slapping, choking, or attacking with a weapon.
  • Sexual abuse, forcing someone to have any type of sexual activity he or she does not want.
  • Emotional abuse, including name-calling, humiliation, threats to the person or his or her family, or not letting the person see family or friends.
  • Economic abuse, such as controlling access to money or bank accounts.

Signs of Domestic Violence

Most people do not start out in abusive relationships. The abuse often starts slowly and gets worse over time, as the relationship deepens.

Some signs that your partner may be abusive include:

  • Wanting most of your time
  • Hurting you and saying it is your fault
  • Trying to control what you do or whom you see
  • Keeping you from seeing family or friends
  • Being overly jealous of the time you spend with others
  • Pressuring you to do things you do not want to do, such as having sex or doing drugs
  • Keeping you from going to work or school
  • Putting you down
  • Intimidating you or threatening your family or pets
  • Accusing you of having affairs
  • Controlling your finances
  • Threatening to hurt himself or herself if you leave
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How to Get Help?

Leaving an abusive relationship is not easy. You may be afraid your partner will harm you if you leave, or that you will not have the financial or emotional support you need.

Domestic violence is not your fault. You cannot stop your partner’s abuse. But you can find ways to get help for yourself.

  • Tell someone. The first step in getting out of an abusive relationship is often telling someone else about it. You can talk to a friend, family member, your health care provider, or a clergy member.
  • Have a safety plan. This is a plan in case you need to leave a violent situation right away. Decide where you will go and what you will bring. Gather important items you will need, like credit cards, cash, or papers, in case you need to leave quickly. You can also pack a suitcase and keep it with a family member or friend.
  • Call for help. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number. The staff at the hotline can help you find resources for domestic violence in your area, including legal help.
  • Get medical care. If you are hurt, get medical care from your provider or in the emergency room.
  • Call the police. DO NOT hesitate to call the police if you are in danger. Domestic violence is a crime.
WOMEN HELPLINE NUMBERS 
Women Helpline ( All India ) – Women In Distress1091
Women Helpline Domestic Abuse 181
Police100
National Commission For Women (NCW)011-26942369, 26944754
Delhi Commission For Women011-23378044 /23378317/ 23370597
Outer Delhi Helpline011-27034873, 27034874
Student / Child Helpline1098
National Human Right Commission011-23385368
9810298900
 
STATE-WISE WOMEN HELPLINE NUMBERS
National Commission for Women011-23237166, 23234918
DELHI
Delhi Commission for Women011-23379181, 23370597
Delhi Women Protection Cell 011-24673366 /4156/ 7699
Shakti Shalini (N.G.O) Women Shelter, Support Survivors, Counselling https://shaktishalini.org/011-24373737
011-24373736
10920
ANDHRA PRADESH
Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad/Secundrabad Police station040-27853508
Andhra Pradesh Women Protection cell040-23320539
Andhra Pradesh Women Commission0863-2329090
Hyderabad Women Police Station040-27852400/4852
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Arunachal Pradesh Women Commission’C’ Sector, Ita Nagar0360-2214567,
0360-2290544
ASSAM
ASSAM WOMEN HELPLINE181, 9345215029,
0361-2521242
ASSAM Women Commission (Website: Click here)0361-2227888,
2220150,
2220013
BIHAR
Bihar Women Helpline18003456247 / 0612-2320047 / 2214318
Bihar Women Commission ( 1 South, Baily Road, Patna, Bihar )0612- 2507800
CHANDIGARH
Chandigarh Women Police0172-2741900
Chandigarh Women Commission NA
CHATTISHGARH
Chattishgarh Women Commission (Gaytri Bhawan, Raipur) http://cgmahilaayog.com/
Email: complaint@cgmahilaayog.com
0771-2429977,
4013189
18002334299
0771-4241400
GOA
GOA Women Helpline1091, 0832-2421208
GOA Women Commission 0832-2421080
GUJRAT
STATE WOMEN COMMISSION GUJRAT http://www.scwgujarat.org18002331111,
079-23251604,
079-23251613
GUJRAT – Ahemdabad Women Group https://www.awagindia.org7926441214
GUJRAT – Self Employed Women’s Association http://www.sewa.org/079-25506477 / 25506444
HARYANA
Haryana Women and Child Helpline0124-2335100
Helpline for women in Distress9911599100
Haryana Women Commission (CADA Bhawan, Sec-4, Panchkula )0172 – 2584039,
0172-2583639
Women and Child Development Department0172-2560349
HIMACHAL PRADESH
Himachal Pradesh Women Commission (http://hp.gov.in/hpwomencommission/Home.aspx)
H.P. State commission for Women,
Himrus Bhawan,
Himland Shimla
9816077100,
0177-2622929
0177-2783607
01892-228072 
MAHARASHTRA 
Mumbai Railway Police9833331111
Mumbai Police Women Helpline No. 022-22633333, 22620111
Maharashtra Women Commission http://mscw.org.in
(Gruha Nirman Bhawan Mhada Bldg., Kalanagar, Bandra )
07477722424
022-26592707
Maharashtra Women Helpline022-26111103,
1298,
103
MAJLIS – MAHARASHTRA022-26661252 / 26662394
Navi Mumbai Police Station022-27580255
PUNJAB 
Women Helpline Punjab1091 / 112
Women Helpline Amritsar City Only9781101091
Punjab Women CommissionSCO No:-57,58,59 Sector-17-C, Chandigarh
Websiteclick here
0172-2712607
0172-2783607
Punjab Samvad (NGO)0172- 2546389, 2700109, 276000114
TAMIL NADU 
Tamil Nadu Women Helpline044-28592750
State Commission for Women
WEBSITE: Click Here
044-28551155
TRIPURA
Tripura Commission for WomenH.G. Basak Road, Melarmath
Agartala, West Tripura
(http://tcw.nic.in)
0381-2323355, 2322912
RAJASTHAN 
Rajasthan Nirbhaya Helpline1800-1200-020
Rajasthan Women Commission0141-27790014
Rajasthan Women Helpline0141-2744000
Jodhpur Women Helpline0291-2012112
KARNATAKA
Banglore Women Police080-22943225
Karnataka Women Police0821-2418400
Karnataka Women Commission (1st Floor, Karnataka Housing Board Building, Cauvery Bhawan, K.G. Marg, Bangalore-560009)080-22100435,
080-22862368,
080-22216485
Mysore Women Police0821-2418110,
0821-2418410
WOMEN HELPLINE NGO IN BENGALURU / KARNATAKA 
1. Vanitha Sahayavani (Free tele-counselling and police assistance): 100, 080-22943225, 080-22943224
2. Tara Women Centre (NGO Ashraya) – (For Counselling, training, job assistance): 080-25251929  
3. Nava Karnataka Mahila Rakshana Vedike: Free legal advice, Police assistance and shelter for women who are a victim of domestic violence – 9490135167
4. Abhayashrama: For Shelter, protection, training, medical assistance: 080-22220834, 080-22121131
5. Vimochana: For Shelter, counselling, medical and job: 080 – 25492781/82         
WEBSITE: https://www.vimochana.co.in
6. The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM): 080-25473922 (free legal advisory by legal professionals) 
Timings: Monday to Friday:  9.30 am and 5.30 pm 
7. Samaja Seva Samithi: Shelter, counselling, dispute resolution and Employment help: 080-26600022/9448945367       
MADHYA PRADESH
Madhya Pradesh Women Commission 
website: click here
0755-2661813,
2661802,
2661806,
2661808,
1800-233-6112
Madhya Pradesh Mahila thana0731-2434999
KERALA
Kerala Women Police Helpline (Trivandrum)9995399953
Kerala Women’s Commission
Website: Click here
0471-2322590, 2320509, 2337589, 2339878, 2339882
State Vanitha Cell0471-2338100
Women Cell, Kollam0474-2742376
Women Cell, Kochi0484-2396730
UTTAR PRADESH
Uttar Pradesh Women Commission
(http://mahilaayog.up.nic.in)
0522-2306403, 18001805220
WhatsApp: 6306511708
Uttar Pradesh Women Helpline1090 / 112 
WEST BENGAL
West Bengal women commission (Salt Lake City, Kolkata ) Complaints by Email: wbcw.org@gmail.com 
Website: https://www.wbcw.co.in/
033-23595609
033-23210154
Swayam – Westbengal NGO 
https://www.swayam.info/
 033-24863367/3368/3357
West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) (Child marriages and trafficking)9830056006, 9836078780 
Whatsapp: 9836300300
 OTHER HELPLINE NUMBERS / ORGANIZATIONS
ALL INDIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE (Emancipation, Education and Empowerment of Women, Across 10 states) http://www.aiwc.org.in/011-43389100, 
011-43389101, 
011-43389102, 
011-43389103
SNEHA NGO  (If you or someone you know is a survivor or facing violence, there is help available)  
Centre timings ( Mon to Sat, 10 am to 6 pm)
https://snehamumbai.org/
CRISIS HELPLINE:   9833052684, 
9167535765 
ONE-STOP CRISIS CENTRE AT KEM HOSPITAL: 022-24100511
JAGORI011-26692700
SAARTHAK011-26853846/26524061
NARI RAKSHA SAMITI011-23973949
Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights (Domestic Violence Cases) 011-24373993/24372923
Pratidhi (Legal help)011-22527259

NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ( DELHI )

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Complaints : 011-2694488026944883

Website: http://ncw.nic.in/

LIST OF STATE WOMEN COMMISSIONS

How to Help a Loved one?

If a friend or family member is being abused, there are many ways you can help.

  • Offer support. Your loved one may feel scared, alone, or ashamed. Let him or her know you are there to help however you can.
  • DO NOT judge. Leaving an abusive relationship is difficult. Your loved one may stay in the relationship despite the abuse. Or, your loved one may leave and return many times. Try to support these choices, even if you do not agree with them.
  • Help with a safety plan. Suggest that your loved one make a safety plan in case of danger. Offer your home as a safe zone if he or she needs to leave, or help find another safe place.
  • Find help. Help your loved one connect with a national hotline or a domestic violence agency in your area.

Alternative Names

Intimate partner violence; Spousal abuse; Elder abuse; Child abuse; Sexual abuse – domestic violence