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Domestic Violence is a serious national problem

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  • Services to find the kind of legal services Idaho Legal Aid can help with.
  • Emergency Help to find information about legal services, shelters, and hotlines that help with domestic violence.
  • Useful Information to find information about domestic violence that you can read, print, or download.



About Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a serious national problem. Between two and four million women are victimized--by intimate partners, family members, or household members--every year. In 1997, Idaho alone reported 16,447 crisis calls made to domestic violence shelters, 2,827 domestic violence offenses, 6,980 filings for protection orders, and 1,042 women seeking temporary refuge in domestic violence or homeless shelters.

Domestic Violence occurs in many forms. It may involve emotional or verbal abuse, denial of access to resources or money, restraint of activities or freedom (including isolation from friends and family), sexual coercion or assault, threats to kill or harm, and physical intimidation or attacks.

Domestic violence is not simply a family matter; it is a crime. If you are being abused, threatened, or harassed, there are many community and government organizations that can help you. And, if you or your family members are in physical danger, there are several places you can call to obtain immediate assistance.

With funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, Idaho Legal Aid Services has created the Rural Idaho Survivor Assistance Fund to support and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. Survivors of violence often need a network of support to help them achieve safety, and we hope to use these funds to help survivors access services that may otherwise be out of reach. If you believe you may benefit from this fund, and want to see if you qualify, please let us know when you contact our hotline.


If you or someone you know is getting hurt, you can find help...


  • 911 if you are in danger
  • (800) 669-3176 Idaho 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
  • (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • (800) 656-4673 Sexual Assault Hotline
  • (208) 746-7541 ILAS Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line


You are being abused if...

  • You are kicked, shoved, chased, slapped, punched, thrown around or physically harmed in any way.
  • You are continuously afraid to express your feelings for fear of your partner's response.
  • You are forced to have sex against your will.
  • You are forcibly isolated from friends and relatives.
  • You are verbally degraded.

If any of this is happening to you, you are in danger of getting hurt. Consider getting some help. Talk with friends about your situation.

You are not alone. 

Love shouldn't hurt. There is no excuse for domestic violence.


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