Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

What is Domestic Violence?

It is when someone you love, a husband, boyfriend, partner (lesbian/gay/straight), or relative:

  • Makes you scared
  • Calls you bad names
  • Breaks/hides your TTY
  • Controls your money
  • Doesn’t let you visit Deaf friends
  • Breaks/hides your hearing aid
  • Hits you
  • Hits your children
  • Kicks you
  • Forces you to have sex
  • Slaps you
  • Shoves/pushes you


What is Sexual Assault?

Someone forces you to do something sexual and you don’t want to. You said “No,” and he/she does it anyway. For example, he/she:

  • Touches your breasts
  • Makes you touch his penis
  • Puts his penis in your mouth, vagina, or anus
  • Makes jokes about your body at work
  • Touches your penis

It is not your fault.

There are different types of sexual assault:

  • Rape
  • Acquaintance Rape
  • Date Rape

No matter what type of sexual assault, it is against the law.