Understanding Domestic Violence
Even the smallest signs can show danger in a relationship.
Some victims may present with obvious physical injuries, and some may not. Abusers may hurt their partners where they leave no marks, or use occasional physical violence partnered with constant emotional torture.
Some victims try to hide what’s happening. The abuser may have convinced them that they’re responsible for the abuse — that it’s their fault and they deserve it. In those situations, the victim may feel shame and fear being judged if they admit to being abused.
Some victims may appear overwhelmed, stressed, or scattered. A victim is forced to always think about how to keep themselves and their children safe. That in itself is challenging, but the victim also has to think about how to afford food, how to get to work, how to help the kids with school, and so much more. These daily tasks can be challenging for anyone, but very stressful for victims of domestic violence.
It may not be easy to see the effects of domestic violence on a person. Some of the signs you’re most likely to see include:
Again, there is no uniform response to abuse, so you may see these signs, different ones, or none at all.
The bottom line is, if you think you know someone who is being abused, you can be a life-saving bridge to support.