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WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence includes a variety of abusive behaviors or threats of abuse. It can be a combination of physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse.
WHO IS THE ABUSER?
Your partner has committed domestic violence when he/she physically harms, intimidates or causes fear in the persons he/she shares living space with.
WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?
Note that a victim is anyone the abuser lives or has lived with. For this reason victims of domestic violence can include many different people. The victim does not have to be related by blood to the abuser. Victims can include any of the following: wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, parents, step children, step-parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates, guests, etc.
WHAT IS ABUSE?
Disagreements and arguments are often part of a normal relationship. But physical violence or other abusive behavior is not normal! Abuse comes in many forms. Listed below are some questions to ask yourself that will help identify the different types of abuse you have experienced.
Physical Abuse: Has your partner ever pushed, slapped, or hit you? Kept you from leaving? Kicked, choked or thrown things at you?
Emotional Abuse: Has he ever threatened or intimidated you? Isolated you socially from family and friends? Used the children to manipulate you? Monitored your phone calls? Called you names? Humiliated you in private or in public? Ignored your feelings?
Sexual Abuse: Does your partner become angry if you glance at someone of the opposite sex? Has he ever accused you of having affairs? Forced you to have sex? Committed sadistic sexual acts?
If you or someone you love answered yes to any of the questions regarding physical, emotional or sexual abuse or if you would like more information, please download this pamphlet: