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Domestic Abuse Prevention

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The Domestic Abuse Prevention Coordinator provides confidential services aimed at helping prevent the escalation of domestic abuse by focusing on early intervention and assistance for individuals who may already be impacted by an abusive relationship. The Domestic Abuse Prevention Coordinator is the contact person on behalf of the Domestic Abuse Prevention Task Force, an advisory network comprised of other World Bank units.


Emergency in the U.S. – Call 911

The HUB: ( 24-hour, 7-day)
Phone: 202 628 2288

Note: Confidential and free counseling and related supportive services are provided by experienced counselors who are trained to work with individuals and families dealing with domestic violence, cultural issues, stress, family and interpersonal conflict and transition.

DA Prevention Coordinator:
Phone: 202 473 2931
Email: | Confidential Email: Click here to fill the form

Note: A DV attorney is available to provide legal information and safety planning (requires a referral). Please fill this form.

World Bank Family Network:
Phone: 202 473 8751

Corporate Security:
24hr.Emergency +1 202 458 8888
Non emergency +1 202 473-3333
Text Message: +1 202-460-9244

Health Counseling Unit (Staff only)
Phone : 202 458 4457

Prevent Family Problems from Escalating

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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse
(also referred as domestic or intimate partner violence)

Domestic abuse includes emotional, psychological, physical, financial, and sexual abuse and can include stalking.

Domestic abuse may be complicated by other family problems and stresses, such as lack of personal, family and community supports, substance abuse, excessive work hours, or mission travel by one or both partners, etc. Although stress often contributes to the tension that leads to an outburst, stress does cause abuse. The explosive combination of a need to control, dependency, domination and other ingredients must already be in place before stress leads to abuse.

Getting guidance and support early is the key to prevent escalation of abuse.

Staff, spouses/domestic partners, retirees, and dependents experiencing domestic abuse should consult the Domestic Abuse Prevention Coordinator for support.

Services are also available for abusers who want to change their behavior. Abusers who admit that they are responsible for abusing their partners, who realize that they did something wrong and want to change, have the best chance of successfully turning their lives around. Are you abusing?

The Coordinator offers free and confidential consultation and may refer victims or abusers to outside counseling and/or other local community resources for further assistance. The Coordinator also liaises with internal Bank resources that are part of the Task Force; the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct, the Legal Department, the Staff Association, Corporate Security, Human Resources, the Personal and Work Stress Counseling Unit of the Health Services Department, World Bank Family Network and the HUB (off-site).

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse includes undermining a person's sense of self-worth by constant criticism, belittling one's abilities, name calling or other verbal abuse, damaging a partner's relationship with the children or not letting a partner see friends and family.

Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse is causing fear by intimidation, threatening physical harm to self, partner or children, destruction of pets and property, mind games or forcing isolation from friends, family, school and/or work.

Financial or economic abuse

Financial or economic abuse is making or attempting to make a person financially dependent, by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding access to money, forbidding attendance at school or employment.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, burning, grabbing, pinching, shoving, slapping, hair pulling, biting, denying medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use, or using other physical force.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is forcing a partner to take part in a sex act when the partner does not consent.


Stalking involves any pattern of behavior that serves no legitimate purpose and is intended to harass, annoy, or terrorize the victim. Typical stalking activities include repeated telephone calls, letters or gifts by mail, surveillance at work, home and other places victim is know to frequent. Stalking usually escalates.

More Information

For articles on domestic abuse in the World Bank Group community: click here World Bank Family Network

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Consequences of Domestic Abuse / Policies

Domestic abuse is a criminal offense in the United States and in many countries where Bank staff reside. World Bank Group employees, either U.S citizens or G4 visa holders, do not enjoy diplomatic immunity and must comply with U.S. laws including family law. Since domestic abuse involves illegal behavior, the World Bank Group does not tolerate this form of misconduct from its employees and may take disciplinary action in accordance with the Principles of Staff employment and Staff Rules 2.01 and 3.00. The World Bank Group established procedures to minimize the impact of any attempts by an employee to exploit institutional immunities or privileges (which are related to World Bank Group business and do not cover illegal behavior) in private disputes. The World Bank Group has also Staff Rule 3.06 regarding staff compliance with legal obligations in general and specifically for spousal and child support orders.

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Help Resources for Victims

in the US

Emergency help: call 911

Non-emergency help:



The HUB: Confidential and free counseling and related supportive services are provided by experienced counselors who are trained to work with individuals and families dealing with domestic violence, cultural issues, stress, family and interpersonal conflict and transition.

Call 202 628 2288, 24-hour, 7-day.

outside of the US

Emergency help: see country office procedures

Non emergency help:
contacts at Washington DC headquarters:

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Help Resources for Perpetrators

Domestic abuse prevention coordinator (for references on individual, couple or group behavioral therapists or other assistance options): 202 473 2931,, or the Confidential Email Form

Dr. Jim Striker, Health Services Department Counseling Unit (Staff only): 202-458-4457

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Help Resources for 3rd Parties

listen, believe and let the person know that he/she is not alone.
Do recognize the warning signs of an abusive situation for victims (absenteeism, isolation, unexplained injuries…) as for perpetrators (public blames, outburst of anger, attitude of domination…)

Do facilitate the development of a safety plan to protect the victim from the abuser.
Domestic violence survivors may be at increased risk for violence when they take steps to leave an abusive partner or to seek legal relief. It is important to develop a safety plan for yourself and your children whether you choose to remain with a partner or are separating.

underestimate the danger of the situation.
Don’t let the abusive behavior continue in the work place (phone calls to the victim, blames in public, threats...)

See WBG intranet article: Highlighting Domestic Abuse and Violence against Women (article on October 13, 2009)

See WBG intranet article: Domestic Abuse is it our business?(Today article on Nov 16, 2007 intranet acceess needed)

Domestic Relations and World Bank Group Familiespdf - An Information Package

Partners to Prevent Domestic Abuse
October 6 2008

Download Video

Listen to audio

Real Audio (download)

DV Panel: What You May Not Know
October 29, 2008


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General Information

There are many laws in the United States that address domestic abuse, and these often vary from state to state. Please consult an attorney knowledgeable about domestic violence in order to understand your legal options.

Criminal Laws: In the United States, it is a crime to commit a violent act against another person or to threaten to harm another person. In most states, in addition to these crimes, pushing, shoving, grabbing, forcing a person to stay somewhere against her will, destroying someone’s property, stalking someone, sexually assaulting someone, or harassing someone by telephone, is against the law. The reporting procedures (e.g., calling the police, a prosecutor, or a court commissioner) and the consequences vary by state.

Civil Protection Orders: In every state and in D.C., you may ask a judge to issue a civil order to protect you from domestic violence if you have been threatened or assaulted. This type of order tells the batterer not to abuse you. It also can tell him or her not to contact you. In most states, a protection order also can include temporary custody of the children and a visitation arrangement, temporary child support, use of the home and/or a vehicle, and other legal orders to try to end the violence. A civil protection order does not involve the criminal justice system unless the perpetrator then violates the order.

Custody: In every state and in D.C., you may ask a judge to issue a custody and visitation order if you have children in common with a batterer. This is an order determining which parent can make decisions about the children and with whom the children will live. (For information on which state has the power to issue a custody order in a case involving more than one state, please consult the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women at 1-800-556-4053).

Immigration Relief:
There are several immigration laws that address domestic violence situations. For example, if you are married to a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and meet certain other conditions, you may be able to self-petition for immigration papers without involving your abusive spouse. Another form of relief states that if you are a crime victim and you could be helpful to law enforcement, and you meet certain other conditions, you may be eligible for a U visa. It is important to talk with a knowledgeable immigration attorney to find out if there are legal protections that could help you.

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External Resources

The list of resources is not exhaustive and is meant to give you a better understanding of the resources available.

For local domestic violence program offering safe shelters, call 1 800 838 8238 (24 hours)

For general information and confidential guidance to victims and abusers, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline (in the US) 1 800 799 SAFE (1 800 799 7233) or consult

Women's Law

Victims of abuse may find the following sites helpful:

Information on abuser characteristics and assistance options:

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How to Protect Your Privacy on your computer?


Emails are not confidential; they can be traced even after you have deleted them. Instead, call a hotline and ask for assistance in figuring out next steps. If you still decide to use email, doing the following things can help you protect your privacy:

Use the email/contact form, like the one below, for initial contact. That way you don' t risk your privacy by emailing, but only by visiting this webpage.

The Domestic Abuse Preveniton Coordinator will provide more information on how to hide your change of behavior and help protect your privacy on your computer.

Internet browsing

  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer and Internet activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor with programs like Spyware, keystroke loggers and hacking tools.
  • It is not possible to delete or clear all the “footprints" of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for normal activities, such as looking up the weather or recipes. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
  • Email and Instant/Text Messaging (IM) are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.
  • Computers can store a lot of private information about what you look at via the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone and IP-TTY calls you make, web-based purchases and banking, and many other activities. A safe computer might be a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC), at a trusted friend’s house, or an Internet Café.

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