Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Domestic and Sexual Violence?


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.


Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors that one uses to gain or maintain control and power in a current or former marital, cohabitating or dating relationship. The victim may also be a person with whom the perpetrator shares a child in common


Violence can include but is not limited to:

  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Social Isolation
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Stalking


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.


Sexual Violence is any sexual act that is forced against someone’s will. These acts can be physical, verbal, or psychological. Sexual violence includes intentional touching of specific body parts against a person’s will or when a victim is unable to consent, as well as voyeurism, exposure to exhibitionism, or undesired exposure to pornography. The perpetrator of sexual violence may be a stranger, friend, family member, or intimate partner.


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.


What should I do if I have been sexually assaulted?


Sexual assault can be terrifying and traumatic. After an assault, it's not uncommon to feel fearful, confused, guilty, ashamed, or isolated. You do not have to deal with these feelings alone. Please contact any of our local or national partners for assistance.



What is the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV)?


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 provides leadership as the statewide voice for survivors and the programs that serve them. Our efforts primarily involve providing training, technical assistance, and public policy advocacy.  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 and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDSVPTB) 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, individual donors, and through various fund raising activities such as auctions and events.


How is MCEDSV related to the program/shelter/crisis counseling center in my area?


MCEDSV is a statewide membership organization that offers training and technical assistance to community and regional agencies in Michigan. Most comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service provider agencies in Michigan are members of MCEDSV, as are many allied organizations and individuals. Agencies do not have to be members in order to access training.


How is MCEDSV related to the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDSVPTB)?


The MDSVPTB 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.

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