Abuse is a complex and dynamic set of harmful and coercive behaviors exhibited by individuals in order to gain and then maintain power and control over another individual.

The information related to abuse is organized in the outline below.  Please click the headings below to learn more about abuse, including facts about abuse, myths about abuse, what to do if you suspect abuse and helpful links to outside organizations with more information about abuse.

Facts about abuse

  • Definition of domestic abuse
  • Characteristics of domestic abuse
  • Forms of abuse
  • Why victims stay
  • The importance of safety planning

Myths about abuse

  • Domestic abuse is a rare occurrence.
  • Domestic abuse is a private matter.
  • Domestic abuse does not occur in “normal” relationships.
  • The victim is somehow responsible for the abuse.

If you suspect abuse

  • Red flags of abuse in your own relationship
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Warning signs of abuse in others
  • Questions to ask someone who may be in an abusive relationship
  • How to help others

More information

We love hearing directly from members of our community.  If you would like more information or if you have a question regarding our free Community Education Services, please call 469-969-7254 or email education@hdnbc.org.

Thank you for supporting survivors of abuse in our community!

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Plano Outreach Center

860 F Ave. Suite 100
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (972) 422-2911
Fax: (972) 423-4154
Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Garland Outreach Center

218 N. 10th St.
Garland, TX 75040
Phone: (972) 422-2911
Fax: (469) 910-8489
Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Resale Store

2129 W. Parker Rd. Suite 300
Plano, TX 75023
Phone: (972) 769-0610
Hours of operation
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed