Common ASL Terminology
Abuser or person/woman/man who has perpetrated violenceA person who uses abusive tactics and behaviors to exert power and control over another person with whom the abuser is in an intimate, dating or family relationship.
Resource: “Why Does He Do That?” by Lundy Bancroft
A professional who provides support to people experiencing violence in identifying and accessing resources for safety, justice, and healing.
ContinuanceRescheduling a court hearing or other event to a later date.
Couch SurfingStaying in someone’s home for short or long term. Homeless/houseless.
CrisisA time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.
Domestic Abuse No Contact OrderIssued by a court against a defendant in a criminal proceeding or a juvenile offender in a delinquency proceeding for domestic abuse, harrassment, stalking, or violations of protective orders.
Resource: Related Minnesota Statute
Homeless YouthUnaccompanied youth ages 12 and older (up to age 17, 21, or 24) who are without family support and who are living in shelters, on the streets, in cars or vacant buildings, or who are “coach surfing” or living in other unstable circumstances.
IntimidationWhen one person uses threats to cause another person fear and/or coerce them into doing something. Examples include, but are not limited to: facial expressions, actions, gestures, tone of voice/sign, destroying property, abusing pets, displaying weapons.
IsolationUsing friends, family and social networks to establish and maintain power and control. Examples: limiting or controlling contact with family/friends, disparaging family/friends, managing clothing choices, limiting involvement in social networks or the workplace.
Order For ProtectionIn Minnesota, a civil order limiting contact between family, intimate partners, or household members.
RapeUnlawful penetrative sexual activity and often sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will of a person, or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent.
Relationship ViolenceRelationship abuse is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner.
Sexual AssaultSexual assault is a form of sexual violence, and it includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration or drug facilitated sexual assault), groping, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.