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Domestic Violence – You are not alone. Help is available.

Abusive behavior against one partner to another in an intimate relationship is called domestic violence. The partner could be lovers, fiancés, domestic partners, ex-spouses, or ex-boy/girlfriends. In these cases, abuse has many forms, including physical, psychological, sexual, and financial.

What is violence?

Examples of domestic violence include physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.) but also take many forms. When one person in a relationship excessively controls the other or checks his/her cell phone repeatedly, it is also considered domestic violence. Here are some examples of abuse.

Physical assault

Hitting, pinching, kicking, throwing objects

Sexual abuse

Unwanted or forced kissing or sexual activity, refusing to use birth control

Financial abuse

Does not repay the money one borrowed from the other, takes away the other's credit cards

Psychological abuse

Verbal abuse, putdowns, insulting, yelling, keeping a partner from contacting friends, checking on a partner constantly, being obsessive and demanding a partner to stay with at all times, checking the partner's cell phone, threatening suicide if the partner leaves him/her

If you feel that any of the above applies to you, you are advised to consult any doubts and questions you may have about your relationship with someone you trust or public/private institutions that offer consultation services. The sooner, the better.

Gunma Prefectural Women's Consultation Center (DV consultation center)
All information is treated as strictly confidential. No consultation fee is required.
Telephone consultation (in Japanese): Monday thru Friday  9:00 – 20:00
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday 13:00 – 17:00
On Wednesdays from 13:00 to 14:30, consultation service by an attorney is offered.
Reservation is required. For details, please call 027-261-4466

Those who do not speak Japanese, please call this number: 0120-941-826 (Purple Hotline)
For details on their hours and languages, please visit their website at URL address below:
http://nwsnet.or.jp/purpleline/

Other DV Counseling Services in Gunma (in Japanese)

Service offered by Phone Number Counseling Hours
Gunma Prefectural Police HQ Police Safety Counseling (General Consultation at Pref. Police HQ) 027-224-8080 24 hours (After hours, officers on call answer the phone.)
Victim Support (Counseling service for victims of crime) 027-221-7777
Sexual Assault Investigations (Counseling service for sexual assault victims) 027-224-4356
Antistalking Task Force (Counseling service for stalking & DV) 027-243-0110 (Switchboard)
Women's Rights Hotline (Human rights section, Maebashi Regional Legal Affairs Bureau) 0570-070-810 Mon.-Fri.  8:30~17:15

(Effective June 2012)

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