Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person using  fear and intimidation tactics.  This often includes the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and/or sexual abuse.  Domestic violence hits homes in every community. It has a devastating effect on victims, children, families and communities

Examples of Abuse:

Physical- hitting, slapping, shoving and strangulation

Emotional- threats, isolation, insults, name calling

Sexual- unwanted sexual contact, rape, incest

Financial- withholding money, obsessive control over spending

Neglect- poor physical or emotional care

Warning Signs of Abuse

Does your partner...

  • Call you names?
  • Get jealous when you go out with friends or check up on you?
  • Tell you what to wear or make decisions for you?
  • Frequently accuse you of cheating on him/her?
  • Hit you, shove you or show a weapon to you?
  • Control your finances?
  • Threaten to hurt or kill someone you know?
  • Threaten to hurt or kill your pet?
  • Blame you for his/her problems?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy and/or abusive relationship. There can be warning flags that a relationship is not healthy. Other warning signs include, but are not limited to:

  • Jealousy
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Quick Involvement
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Isolation
  • Blames Others for Problems or Feelings
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Cruelty to Animals or Children
  • "Playful" Use of Force in Sex
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Rigid Sex Roles
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Past Battering
  • Threats of Violence
  • Breaking or Striking Objects
  • Any Force During an Argument