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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a violent or controlling behavior by a person toward a family or household member, usually towards an intimate partner.  Although the partner is the primary target, violence is often directed toward the children as well.  Approximately 95% of domestic violence victims are women.  It is a learned behavior.  Abuser and victims come from all walks of life, races, income levels and ages.

There are many types of abuse:

Verbal

  • Yelling, name-calling, threatening to hurt or kill, criticizing your appearance, belittling, constant blaming

Emotional

  • Social isolation, neglecting physical or emotional needs, abusing pets, accusations of an affair, monitoring telephone conversations, criticizing family and friends, embarrassing you in front of others

Sexual  

  • Unwanted sexual advances, committing rape or incest, forcing you to have sex with others, forcing pregnancy or abortion.
     

Psychological  

  • “Brainwashing”- a person’s self-worth is destroyed
    through harassment, threats, deprivations of food and sleep
     

Physical  

  • Hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, inflicting injury with weapons, homicide

Economic

  • Withholding financial information, controlling money & bank accounts, making you account for expenditures

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