10 Common Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

  1. Your partner engages in verbal abuse by frequently calling you names.  
  2. Your partner does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
  3. Your partner does not allow you to work and controls all finances.
  4. Your partner tries to isolate you from your family and friends.
  5. Your partner threatens to hurt you, the children and your family.
  6. Your partner physically attacked you (e.g., pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or choked you).             
  7. Your partner has threatened to hurt you with a weapon (knife, firearm, etc.).
  8. Your partner forces or forced you to leave your home.
  9. Your partner trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
  10. Your partner prevented you from calling the police or seeking medical attention.

Forms of Domestic Violence?

Abuse comes in many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological.   The abuser often threatens isolation or humiliation to display power and control.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner. It affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.

Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. It results in physical injury, psychological trauma and, sometimes, death.  The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.