KNOW THE SIGNS. Domestic violence can happen to anyone — white, black, young, old, rich, poor, educated, not educated. Sometimes violence begins early on in a relationship and other times it takes months or even years to appear. But there generally are some warning signs. Be wary of the following red flags an abuser may exhibit at any point in a relationship:

*Being jealous of your friends or time spent away from your partner.

*Embarrassing or shaming you.

*Controlling all financial decisions.

*Making you feel guilty for all the problems in the relationship.

*Preventing you from working.

•Intentionally damaging your property.

*Threatening violence against you, your pets, or someone you love to gain compliance.

*Pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to.

*Intimidating you physically, especially with weapons.

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