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Domestic Violence / Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Violence and Abuse? 

Domestic Violence is described as any incident of threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, young adults, or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality.� (Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family).

   If you live in a abusive relationship, please call me right away
A verbally abusive partner can become physically abusive

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is always help available. (Please see some useful links below)

Recognizing the warning signs of Domestic Violence and Abuse 

It's impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, or co-worker, take them very seriously.

General warning signs of domestic abuse

People who are being abused may: 

  • Seem afraid or anxious to please their partner.
  • Go along with everything their partner says and does.
  • Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they are doing.
  • Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner.
  • Talk about their partner's temper, jealousy, or possessiveness.

    Warning signs of physical violence

    People who are being physically abused may:

  • Have frequent injuries, with the excuse of 'accidents'.
  • Frequently miss work, school, or social occasions without explanation.
  • Dress in clothing designed to hide bruises or scars (e.g. wearing long sleeves in summer or sunglasses   indoors).
    If you live in a abusive relationship, please call me right away
    A verbally abusive partner can become physically abusive

    Warning signs of isolation

    People who are being isolated by their abuser may:

  • Be restricted from seeing family and friends.
  • Rarely go out in public without their partner.
  • Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car.

    The Psychological warning signs of abuse

    People who are being abused may:

  • Have very low self-esteem, even if they used to be confident.
  • Show major personality changes (e.g. an outgoing person becomes withdrawn).
  • Be depressed, anxious, or suicidal.










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