Domestic violence is about more than just physical violence. Emotional, psychological and sexual abuse may be part of domes- tic violence, equally as damaging and not okay.
Does your boyfriend/girlfriend, partner or family member...
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Make you afraid? Isolate you from friends or family members? Make threats to you, your family/friends or pets? Control all finances? Prevent you from getting or keeping a job? Degrade or humiliate you? Continually criticize you? Destroy your personal property?
If any of these apply to you then you may be a victim of abuse. You are not alone. All persons have the right to live in an environment that is free from violence and the fear of violence. Often times, if there are signs of abuse during dating, it could indicate future abuse in a marital relationship. Help is available.
Signs of an Abusive Relationship
Harms you physically in any way, including slapping, push- ing, grabbing, shaking, smacking, kicking, and punching. Tries to control different aspects of your life, such as how you dress, who you hang out with, and what you say. Frequently humiliates you or makes you feel unworthy (for example: if a partner puts you down but tells you that he or she loves you). Coerces or threatens to harm you, or self-harm, if you leave the relationship.
“All persons have the right to live in an environment that is free from violence and the fear of violence.”