DTA wants you to live violence free. The Domestic Violence Unit (DV Unit) helps achieve this goal. The DV Unit can help address safety concerns as soon as possible. The DV Unit also helps address barriers to program participation. The DV Unit bridges DTA to other domestic violence service providers.
Domestic violence doesn’t have to be a physical act. It can be verbal, emotional, financial, physical, and/or sexual abuse. It is often defined as the use of power to control the relationship.
Financial abuse is:
- Withholding information and controlling decisions about money
- Not paying bills, which can lead to eviction
- Not helping to pay other family expenses
- Not allowing you to work
- Refusing child care and/or transportation for your job or education
- Harassing you at work
- Helping with finances only if you do what they tell you to do
- Try to control your life?
- Not allow you to work, or sabotage your efforts to work or go to school?
- Control the money?
- Follow you or try to prevent you from going anywhere by yourself?
- Accuse you of cheating or show jealous and controlling behavior?
- Watch your time? Use technology and social media to watch and control you?
- Isolate you from friends or family?
- Put you down or call you names?
- Humiliate you in public?
- Force you to do things you don't want to do?
- Drive recklessly with you in the car?
- Threaten to hurt or kill you?
- Take away medication you need?
- Use violence towards you and/or your children?
- Make you have sex when you don't want to?
If you answer yes to some or all these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic Violence Specialists (DVS) are here to assist you.
Domestic Violence Specialists
Each DTA office has a Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS). Domestic Violence Specialists:
- Have experience working with victims of intimate partner violence and know that the abuse is not your fault
- Will listen to you and help you figure out how to safely take the steps you are ready to take
- Know about resources in your community and will help you access them
- Will safety plan with you
- Will inform you about shelter/housing resources if you need a safe place for you and your children to stay
- Can help you make a plan towards economic self-sufficiency and/or financial stability
- Can answer your questions
DVS can help with waivers of certain TAFDC program rules, if necessary. These rules include:
- The work program
- The time limit
- School attendance for teen parents
- Cooperating with child support
To speak with a DVS, call the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363. If you are a economic assistance (cash benefits) applicant/recipient, you can also call your case manager.
Spanish speaking DVS are available. Professional interpreter services are available for all other languages.