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Domestic Abuse ?

"domestic violence" or "intimate partner violence", can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Does your partner…

  • Embarrass or make fun of you in front of your friends or family?

  • Put down your accomplishments?

  • Make you feel like you are unable to make decisions?

  • Use intimidation or threats to gain compliance?

  • Tell you that you are nothing without them?

  • Treat you roughly—grab, push, pinch, shove or hit you?

  • Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for saying hurtful things or abusing you?

  • Blame you for how they feel or act?

  • Pressure you sexually for things you aren’t ready for?

  • Prevent you from doing things you want – like spending time with friends or family?

  • Try to “teach you a lesson”?

Do you...

  • Sometimes feel scared of how your partner may behave?

  • Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner’s behavior?

  • Believe that you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself?

  • Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?

  • Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?

Psychological abuse: involves causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm; destruction; “mind games”; or forcing isolation from friends, family.

Financial or economic abuse: involves making or attempting to make a person financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding access to money, or making you spend alone.

Physical abuse: involves hurting or trying to hurt a partner by hitting, slapping, kicking, grabbing, pinching, shoving, hair-pulling, biting, denying medical care or forcing alcohol use. Always remember...

  • NO ONE deserves to be abused. The abuse is not your fault. You are not alone. SPEAK UP! REPORT AND EXIT!

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