Domestic Violence Information

Know the Facts

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are survivors of domestic violence.
  • Domestic Violence is the third leading cause of homelessness in the United States
  • Women who leave their abusers are at a 75 percent greater risk of being killed by their abuser than those who stay
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide
  • Adults with disabilities are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence than those without disabilities
  • According to the United Nations, over 50 percent of Marshallese women say they have experienced intimate partner violence
  • Drugs and alcohol are not the cause of abuse, power and control are the cause
  • Every year, the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter serves over 1,000 people with shelter, counseling, legal assistance, community education, and outreach services

Domestic Violence Doesn’t Discriminate

Age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, religious affiliation: none of these can protect anyone from domestic violence. It does not discriminate. It permeates every area of society, and if you have not experienced it, someone you know likely has.

Abuse is also not purely physical. Though this is one form of abuse, there are many ways abuse manifests itself. All types of abuse are valid reasons for you to reach out for help.

Since domestic violence doesn’t discriminate, neither does the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. We strive to create an inclusive environment. We have bilingual advocates who can serve our Spanish speaking clients, we have a Marshallese advocate who provides services and outreach to the Marshallese community in NWA and an LGBTQ+ advocate who does the same with members of the LGBTQ+ community, and we are in partnership with an organization that helps us better serve the disabled community. We also partner with various organizations to receive training on how to best serve our LGBTQ+, Marshallese, and/or immigrant clients.

No matter who you are, where you come from, or what form of abuse you are experiencing, we are here to help you.

You are Not Alone

Abusers often socially isolate survivors, tear survivors down with their words, control where a survivor goes and when they leave their home.

We want you to know that if you are or have ever experienced any of this, you are not alone. You are strong, powerful, and capable of making your own choices. You are valued and worthy of receiving help. Your experience does not define you, and you are not responsible for what happened to you. We believe you.

Please call: 479-246-9999 for help

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