What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence—sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence—is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse. Batterers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to maintain power  over their victims. Domestic violence impacts everyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year (Lieberman Research, Inc., Tracking Survey  conducted for The Advertising Council and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, July-October 1996). Domestic violence also affects same-sex relationships and men as victims.

If these experiences are happening to you, you might feel hopeless, desperate, confused, and alone. You may not want  to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed.

If you are being abused, please call us at: (954) 947-0984

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Are You in an Abusive Relationship?
Are you ever afraid of your partner? 
Does your partner threaten to hurt you? 
Does your partner control all the money? 
Has your partner ever pushed/shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex? 
Does your partner stalk you or show up uninvited at your job or when you're out with friends?

If these experiences are part of your life, you are not alone and help is available to you in your community. If you are in the South Florida area and you are being  abused by your partner, Free Yourself Women Foundation can help you. Our counselors are compassionate and experienced, and our goal is to ensure that you and your children are safe. We understand how painful it is to live with abuse and how  difficult it can be to talk about your situation. You might feel hopeless, desperate, confused, and alone. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. If you are in immediate danger, please do not hesitate to call 911.

I Need Help
Free Yourself Woman Foundation is an agency committed to helping survivors of domestic violence. You can be referred by a case manager, police department, church, counselor, or any other agency.

What's Next?
A victim’s first step to accessing Free Yourself Women Foundation's services is to call, an advocate will immediately answer the call and provide the caller with the appropriate information about services and the next steps that will help to keep the victim and their children safe. 

After the initial call an advocate will greet the victim, assess their needs, provide resources, educate them on the dynamics of domestic abuse and assist with individual safety planning in order to encourage the victim to plan for a secure place if not in shelter. 

At your initial interview you will be required to fill out an application. These are mandatory documents to be attached to your application.

You must apply for all services in person
Driver’s license or picture id is required
Copy of your lease or letter from your landlord
Referral letter from shelter, counselor or other service agency if applicable
Police report or case number
A completed "Tell Your Story" form


Need Help Now?

Area Resources
In case of an emergency, please call 911 before dialing any of these numbers provided below

Free Yourself Women Foundation:
(954) 947-0984

The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline:
(800) 500-1119

The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
(800) 799-7233

Women in Distress:
(954) 761-1133

211 Broward:
(954) 537-0211
 *An easy way for people who need help to get connect with the community service providers that can help them

Safety Planning Checklist
Birth Certificate Identification
Social Security Card Check Book
Picture of Abuser  Pay Stub
Health Insurance Card Passport  
Emergency Number Credit Card Marriage Papers Personal Items
Restraining Order Medications   
School Records  Bank Info 
Be sure to keep any evidence of physical abuse, such as pictures and other documentation in a safe place that is accessible for you. Documentation should include the date, time of each incident of abuse, if police were involved get the officer badge number and case number. If medical attention was required, request that the injuries be officially documented.