Domestic Violence: Know The Signs Of Abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Hotline is hosting challenges throughout the month to encourage others to raise awareness for the cause. One of the challenges is to share the signs of abuse with others. I figured there is no better place to do so than here on my blog!

It may be abuse if one partner:

– Embarrasses the other with put-downs
– Acts in ways that scares the other partner
– Controls what the other does, who they see or talk to or where they go
– Stops the other partner from seeing friends or family members
– Takes the other partner’s money or Social Security check, makes the other partner ask for money or refuses to give money
– Makes all of the decisions
– Tells the other partner that they’re a bad parent or threatens to take away or hurt their children
– Prevents the other partner from working or attending school
– Acts like the abuse is no big deal, it’s the victim’s fault, or even denies doing it
– Destroys property or threatens to kill family pets
– Intimidates with guns, knives or other weapons
– Shoves, slaps, chokes, or hits the other
– Threatens to commit suicide
– Threatens to kill their partner

If you are experiencing the signs above, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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