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Lindsay G. Cassada 

Gloria Browder-Parham

804-717-2492 (FAX)

If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, dial 911 

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address
Chesterfield Domestic & Sexual Violence Resource Center
PO Box 741
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

Street Address
10111 Krause Road, Suite 210
Chesterfield, VA 23832


Courthouse Address
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
7000 Lucy Corr Boulevard
Chesterfield, VA 23832 


Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center
About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is not an illness - it is a choice.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, used by one individual intended to exert power and control over another individual, in the context of an intimate relationship.

Behaviors may include

  • Physical Violence
  • Verbal/Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Coercion/Abuse
  • Economic/Financial Control
  • Threats/Intimidation
  • Isolation from Friends and Family
  • Using Children

Domestic violence does not discriminate.

A victim or perpetrator can be of any

  • race
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • religion
  • gender
  • socioeconomic background
  • education levels

It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. Unfortunately, many people who believe abuse is ‘normal’, have been exposed to violence in their past, as

Forms of domestic violence

  • Criminal (physical assault, stalking)
  • Non-criminal (verbal, emotional, financial control, isolation)

Criminal acts and those who commit these acts can be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions, which may provide incentive and opportunity for behavioral change. 

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