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Turning Point provides domestic violence services to six counties in West Alabama: Bibb, Fayette, Hale, Lamar, Pickens & Tuscaloosa.


Domestic Violence is a pattern of violent and coercive tactics committed by one intimate partner against the other.  It involves a pattern of learned behavior.  The actual or threatened violence may include physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, verbal or financial abuse.

Domestic Violence perpetrators seek to control the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of their partner and may punish their partner for resisting control.  Domestic violence is a learned behavior. 

Domestic Violence is not caused by mental illness, genetics, drugs, alcohol, "out-of-control" behavior, anger, stress, problems in the relationship or because of any behavior of the victim.

Domestic violence is not the fault of the victim -- a victim of domestic violence should not be blamed.  He or she is a victim by the choice of the perpetrator, not as a result of the victim's own action or character.

There is no "face" of domestic violence.  Turning Point does not have a "typical client."  Domestic violence affects victims of all race, gender, religion, culture and socio-economic status.



  • Occurs in all races, socio-economic backgrounds and types of relationships
  • An act of domestic violence occurs in the United States every 15 seconds
  • An estimated 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • An estimated 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in his lifetime
  • The approximate rate of domestic violence incident in relationships is 25-30%
  • The incidence rate is the same in both heterosexual & same-sex relationships