Domestic Violence & Physical Abuse
Domestic violence or relationship abuse is one partner maintaining power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
Domestic violence is not a race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender issue. It happens in all walks of life. Power and Control is has forever been a problem and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
The signs of Domestic Violence:
physically harm, Emotional Harm, Intimidation, Economic Deprivation, Sexual Violence, Using the Children to Impose fear,
Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as a relationship grows.
Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.
Some of the signs of an abusive relationship include a partner who:
- Always corrects you and make you feel incompetent
- Insults, or shames you
- Are jealous and will accuse you of things you are not guilty of
- Keeps you or discourages you from seeing friends or family members
- Be in full control of the Money and accuse you of overspending
- Takes your money or refuses to give you money for necessary expenses
- Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you
- Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do
- Prevents you from making your own decisions
- Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children
- Prevents you from working or attending school
- Destroys your property or threatens to hurt or kill your pets
- Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons
- Pressures you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with
- Pressures you to use drugs or alcohol
- You may be experiencing physical abuse if your partner has done or repeatedly does any of the following tactics of abuse:
- Pulling your hair, punching, slapping, kicking, biting or choking you
- Forbidding you from eating or sleeping
- Hurting you with weapons
- Preventing you from calling the police or seeking medical attention
- Harming your children
- Abandoning you in unfamiliar places
- Driving recklessly or dangerously when you are in the car with them
- Forcing you to use drugs or alcohol (especially if you’ve had a substance abuse problem in the past