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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”.

-Bamigboye Olurotimi

There are people who care, who treat abuse seriously, who genuinely want to help. Please contact Paula at heart2heartchristianministries@gmail.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 atheart2heartchristianministries@gmail.com or 817.689.9347

”There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” ”Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools andContinue reading

”A real man wouldn’t lay a finger on a woman. He treats his partner with respect, love and support. In general, men are physically stronger and have no place abusing that power. Everyone has problems, arguments happen, but that’s when a real man uses his intelligence to talk it out or walk away.” ~ MattContinue reading

”Violence needs to stop. All of us – men and women – need to speak up and teach our children that violence is never the solution. Together we can make a difference. The best place to start is with yourself.” ~ Will Young

”We all like to think that if we were the victims of domestic abuse we’d up and leave – but it’s not always as easy or straightforward as that. Women stay with abusive partners for all kinds of reasons – they love them, they fear them, they have children with them, they believe they canContinue reading

One Universal Truth

”There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”~Ban Ki-moon

”Women should know that love doesn’t abuse you. It shouldn’t hurt you. Love cannot be redefined into ’He only hit me once, I’ll let it slide.’ Love is happiness, not being neglectful, caring, being respectful, providing, having standards, kindness, standing up for the right things.” —Jahmene Douglas

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