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Recognize abuse 

Domestic abuse is when one person uses violence – physical, sexual, emotional or financial – to gain and maintain power and control over his or her partner. How can you recognize abuse?  Here are some of the common signs:

  • Your loved one seems afraid of his/her partner and is always very anxious to please him or her.

  • Your loved one has stopped seeing family or friends or cuts phone conversations short when his/her partner is within earshot.

  • Your loved one’s partner is often critical and may humiliate him or her in front of other people.

  • Your loved one says partner pressures or forces unwanted sexual activity.

  • Your loved one’s partner often orders her/him around or makes all the decision, for example, the partner may control all the money.

  • Your loved one talks about partner’s jealousy, bad temper or possessiveness.

  • Your loved one has become depressed or anxious, seems to have lost confidence or is unusually quiet.

  • Your loved one has physical injuries, such as bruises, broken bones, sprains, cuts, or burns. The explanations offered by your loved one are unlikely.

  • Your loved one is reluctant to leave the children in the care of his/her partner.

  • Your loved one’s children seem afraid of your loved one’s partner. They may also be acting out behaviorally or seem very withdrawn or anxious.

  • After leaving the relationship, your loved one’s partner constantly calls, harasses, or follows her or him. Her or his partner may also come to or wait outside your loved one’s home or job.

Have questions about domestic violence? Please call our 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (904) 354-3114.


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