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
- Discouraging you from spending time 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
“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women, we must start from the home. If a woman cannot be safe in her own house, then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.” ― Aysha Taryam
The very fact that intimate partner violence is so often addressed in CIVIL court, rather than CRIMINAL court, gives insight into how we, as a society, still view it.
-Rachel Louise Snyder, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.
“Our society should be safe for women to live, instead, they are prone to rape, domestic violence, and all manner of abuses. We need to do all we can to protect them from harm”.
There are people who care, who treat abuse seriously, who genuinely want to help. Please contact Paula at email@example.com 817.689.9347. Services are free.
“Leaving an abusive partner is a very difficult thing to do. It frequently feels like you are failing, or destroying your family, or not trying to work things out, or not giving your partner a second chance.” ― Blaine Nelson
“Please know that you can get out and it will not always be an easy road, and it will be lonely at times. But it only gets better, life is too beautiful to live it trapped and abused and hiding under the shame of it all.” — Overcoming the Stigma of Intimate Partner Abuse
Have you experienced domestic violence or know someone who has? Domestic violence can be one of the most difficult types of situations to talk about and to escape from. And, sadly, it can happen to anyone – women, men, children, between spouses and even friends. No one is immune to domestic violence. Heart 2 Heart Christian Ministries is a nonprofit that was formed to help victims of domestic violence. I offer free counseling and help finding resources to meet your needs. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or 817.689.9347
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