What is Domestic Violence?

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Abuse: Some Tips to Help You Recognize If Your Partner Is Abusive to You

THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE DEFINES ABUSE AS:

  • Calling bad names or putting someone down
  • Shouting and cursing
  • Hitting, slapping and/or pushing
  • Making threats of any kind
  • Jealousy and suspicion
  • Keeping someone away from family and friends – isolation
  • Throwing things around the house


TO RECOGNIZE WHETHER YOUR PARTNER IS ABUSING YOU, ASK WHETHER YOUR PARTNER:

  • Embarrasses you with put-downs?
  • Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you?
  • Controls what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
  • Stops you from seeing your friends or family members?
  • Takes your money, makes you ask for money or refuses to give you money?
  • Makes all of the decisions?
  • Tells you that you’re a bad parent or threatens to take away or hurt your children?
  • Prevents you from working or attending school?
  • Acts like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even denies doing it?
  • Destroys your property or threatens to kill your pets?
  • Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons?
  • Shoves you, slaps you, chokes you or hits you?
  • If you have contacted law enforcement, forces you to try and drop charges?
  • Threatens to commit suicide?
  • Threatens to kill you?
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