Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner abuse, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Abuse can be any combination of or all of the following: physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
You may be in an abusive relationship if your partner:
Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you
Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive
Tries to isolate you from family or friends
Monitors where you go, who you call and who you spend time with
Does not want you to work
Destroys your property
Threatens to commit suicide if you leave him/her
Controls finances or refuses to share money
Punishes you by withholding affection
Expects you to ask permission
Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets
Humiliates you in any way
Remember: You do not have to be physically or sexually abused to be in an abusive relationship
24 Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1-800-998-8340
24 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-570-3703