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Abuse | Child or Adult, Physical, Sexual, Emotional
CRIME: Abuse (children & adult)
  • Abuse can be defined as treating or speaking to someone in a way that is demeaning or that causes injury or serious offense.  
  • Emotional abuse can consist of name calling, demeaning statements, unjust control or compulsion, threats, isolation, intimidation, or manipulation.
  • Physical abuse includes intentionally withholding necessities and using physical violence such as pushing, choking, beating, slapping, shaking, throwing, kicking, scratching, hitting, pinching, biting, restraining, hair-pulling, scalding in water, or burning with cigarettes.  
  • Sexual abuse may be either emotional or physical, and it is NEVER a child’s fault.  It includes sexual harassment, and the inflicting of pain.

  • Sexual assaults in the military are up sharply.  There were more than 3,500 complaints reported from October 2012 through June 2013.  That is nearly a 50% increase over the same period a year earlier.  ("Reports of Military Sexual Assault Rise Sharply,” by Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, November 7, 2013)

CDC Statistics:

  • One in 4 women surveyed say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends, according to an annual government project to look at how many women say they have been abused,
  • As many as 29  million women say they have suffered severe and frightening physical violence from a boyfriend, spouse or other intimate partner.  That includes being choked, beaten, stabbed, shot, punched, slammed against something or hurt by hair pulling.
  • That number grows to 36 million if slapping, pushing and shoving are counted.
  • Almost half of the women who reported rape or attempted rape said it happened when they were 17 or younger.
  • As many as 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes, compared to about 1 in 10 men.
  • Both men and women who had been menaced or attacked in these ways reported more health problems.   (Center for Disease Control and Prevention survey of 9,000 women and 7,400 men.  Report released Dec. 2011) 

What You Can Do
  • Prevent Abuse.  Citizens must make every effort to prevent all forms of abuse, and to assist in the healing of an abused person.  
  • If you are being abused, call for HELP!  Do not let fear paralyze you.

    If you are being abused physically or sexually, do not be silent.  Tell someone.  Ask for help.  Tell an adult whom you trust, or contact Spokane's Crime Check
    (509) 456-2233
    email at crimecheck@spokanecounty.org
    report online at http://www.crimecheck.org

    If you are a student who is being harassed, bullied or threatened at school, do not be silent.  Tell a teacher, a school counselor, or another adult.  
Local Organizations
Additional Resources
Protection Order and Safety Planning Clinic
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
210 W Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 343-5021
Every Tuesday at 11:00 am.
If you have or are experiencing non-intimate partner domestic violence, harassment, assault, sexual assault, stalking, biased/hate crime or vulnerable adult abuse and feel you may need formal, legal protection from the abuse or harassment or want help with a safety plan. We can help. This is a Free and confidential weekly clinic.