Frequently Asked Questions
Domestic and Sexual Violence is a pattern of behaviors in a relationship that one uses to gain or maintain control and power over another. The victim in a domestic assault is a partner, former partner, or a person residing in the same household as the perpetrator, or a person with whom they share a child in common.
Domestic and sexual violence occurs among all economic, ethnic, racial, social and religious groups. Abusers come from all economic and social classes, and ethnic and educational backgrounds. Violence can occur in any kind of relationship: married, dating or same sex partnerships. It can also take many forms and can happen all the time or occasionally.
Violence can include:
- Physical Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Emotional Abuse
- Social Isolation
One tool that is effective to help understanding the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence is the Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project from Duluth, MN. Follow this link to review the Power and Control Wheel.
What should I do to stay safe if I am currently in or considering leaving an abusive relationship?
If you are a victim, your physical safety should always be your number one priority. Whether you are currently with your abuser or are considering leaving the relationship, you should develop a safety plan to keep yourself and your children safe. Please contact any of our local or national partners for assistance.
MCEDSV is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the state of Michigan. Working with our member organizations, we organize training, technical assistance and manage the public policy work as set by our Executive team and Board of Directors.
Does MCEDSV provide help to survivors, victims or friends and family?
MCEDSV actively works to expand the awareness of domestic and sexual violence across the state, especially with legislators in Lansing and Washington D.C. This work is vital in order to ensure adequate funding streams are uninterrupted and that effective legislation passes which improves access to services for survivors and does not cause additional trauma.
Additionally, MCEDSV is proud to be the contract holder for the Michigan Resource Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence. This collection of resources owned by the Michigan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Board (MDVSAPTB) is a tremendous resource for the state of Michigan and anyone looking for information regarding Domestic and Sexual Violence.
How is MCEDSV funded?
MCEDSV receives funding through government and private grants as well as private donors.
How is MCEDSV related to the shelter in my area?
MCEDSV is a statewide membership organization that offers training and technical assistance to community and regional agencies in Michigan. Agencies do not have to be a member of MCEDSV in order to access training.
How is MCEDSV related to the Michigan Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Board (MDVSAPTB)?
The MDVSAPTB was established within the Michigan Family Independence Agency (now known as the Department of Human Services) in 1978 by state legislation that created a Governor-appointed Board responsible for focusing state activity on domestic violence. The Board administers state and federal funding for domestic violence shelters and advocacy services, develops and recommends policy, and develops and provides technical assistance and training.
MCEDSV contracts to assist the Prevention and Treatment board with the creation and presentation of training for agencies around the state.
How can I help support the movement?
You have opportunities every day to support MCEDSV, survivors, advocates and the movement. From your interactions with your community, to your financial support, to standing up to demand equitable opportunities, you can have an impact. For specific details, please contact MCEDSV or find your local agency here to see how you can help in your community.