175_bruises_fade_abuse_posterRelationship violence can be defined as,“Threats or assaults by one person against another in a family or intimate partner-styled relationship in an attempt to control or alter another’s behavior through the use of fear, force, or humiliation, regardless of age or gender.” Acts of relationship abuse are usually categorized as: physical, emotional, sexual, and economic.

Consider the following behaviors:

  • Name calling, constant insults, criticism or humiliation
  • Extreme jealousy leading to control or constant monitoring
  • Being isolated from friends or family
  • Using anger “loss of temper” to get something
  • Threats to take children away
  • Threats to kill or hurt (the individual, family members, children, or pets)
  • Threats with weapons
  • Destruction of property, including clothing, household furnishings, personal items, valuable items
  • Pushing, slapping, hitting, biting, kicking, choking
  • Sexual attacks, forcing unwanted sex or sexual acts
  • Economic control, denial of access to banking accounts, taking money
  • Using immigration status as a threat (taking documents, calling authorities)

Regardless of gender or age, if you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these behaviors please call the Safe Place Faith Community number below and leave a message.

We have trained volunteers ready to listen, ready to believe in you or those you love, and ready to offer assistance. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

No spouse, friend, or relative has the right to harm or hurt those they love or who are in their care.

Call Safe Place Faith Community: (619) 663-9785 and we will get back to you or call the Domestic Violence Hotline at (888) 385-4657.

In any emergency or if you are experiencing a serious threat to your health or safety do not hesitate to call 911.

Relationship Bill of Rights

Read the Relationship Bill of Rights from the Center for Community Solutions
East County phone number: (619) 697-7477
24 Hr Crisis line: 1(888) 385-4657

Types of Abuse

None of these behaviors (physical, emotional or sexual) are healthy or respectful

Witnessing Domestic Violence

How children are affected by living with and witnessing domestic violence

Preventing Elder Abuse

Thinking of hiring a caregiver for your loved one?
What you should know before hiring help in the home.

Hiring a Caregiver

10 tips to help you reduce the risk of becoming the next victim of financial elder abuse

Avoid Financial Elder Abuse

Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sex Trafficking

KNOW THE SIGNS: Child Sex Trafficking – Recruitment occurs at schools, malls, sporting events, concerts, trolley and bus stations, homeless shelters, neighborhood parks and online. It is not specific to any socio-economic group.

Get more information: Visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “Anti-trafficking Program” web page.

Help with this Ministry

We are a Safe Place Faith Community: Providing safety, resources, and hope to those experiencing violence in their everyday relationships. Read the brochure to learn more about the program.

Safe Place Faith Community Brochure

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Meeting information
Meetings are held on an as needed basis.

Mission or goal
Safe Place Faith Community provides support to parishioners, their family and friends who suspect or know of domestic violence in their everyday relationships.

We educate parishioners about kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, and community resources that may be available to help the victim/family.  We provide twice-yearly vestibule displays including informative handouts.  

Meetings occur as needed to plan a vestibule display.  Much communication occurs through e-mail.

Volunteer team members are trained to listen and offer assistance to inquiries about child, elder or intimate partner abuse.