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Domestic Violence


What is Domestic Violence?  

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence) is a pattern of behaviors used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. It is also referred to as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, or battering. Domestic violence happens in intimate adult relationships, teen dating relationships, same-sex relationships, and sometimes continues even after the relationship has ended.

People often think of domestic violence as acts of physical violence only. However, domestic violence can take many forms, such as physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. Following are some examples:

Physical Abuse

· Pushing, shoving, or restraining

· Shaking, pulling , jerking, or hair pulling

· Squeezing, pinching, slapping, or biting

· Causing injuries that require medical treatment

· Strangulation

· Using weapons

Emotional/Social Abuse

· Intimidating or threatening you

· Putting you down or demeaning you

· Making you feel crazy or playing mind games

· Preventing you from seeing your friends and family

· Checking up on where you’ve been and whom you’ve talked to

· Preventing you from leaving the house, getting a job or continuing your education

· Threatening to "out" you

Sexual Abuse

· Sexual jokes that make you uncomfortable

· Uncomfortable or unwanted touch

· Treating you as a sex object

· Demanding sex; demanding sex after physically abusing you

· Abuser is promiscuous with others

Financial Abuse

· Making all financial decisions for the household

· Preventing you from getting or keeping a job

· Forcing you to turn over your income

· Monitoring your spending; giving you an allowance

· Controlling your access to checkbooks, credit cards, and bank accounts


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