Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence and Getting Help
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an violence in the family is the first step to ending it. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following descriptions of violence and abuse, share you worries with others who can help. No one should live in fear of the person they love.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior the purpose of which is to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Abuse is a learned behavior; it is not caused by anger, mental problems, drugs or alcohol, or other common excuses. There are several categories of abusive behavior, each of which has its own devastating consequences.
Types of Abuse:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse & Intimidation
- Verbal Abuse: Coercion, Threats, & Blame
- Using Male Privilege
- Economic Abuse
How you can prevent of happening
Share your story and advocate against abuse, your voice and story can be a powerful tool.