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What Is Domestic Violence?   

Types of Abuse Include (but are not limited to):

Emotional/Verbal Abuse

Continuous criticism, shouting, name calling, or insults
Withholding affection or approval as punishment
Public (or private) humiliation
Ignoring feelings and needs
Accusations of “sleeping around”
Not allowing you to work
Threatens to hurt/kill you or your family
Threatens to kidnap the children
Taking away money
Taking away car keys
Punishing/depriving your children to hurt you

Physical Abuse

Being locked out of the house
Pushing and shoving
Hair pulling and biting
Having a weapon used against you
Being deprived of sleep
Holding you to keep you from leaving
Subjected you to reckless driving
Abandonment in a dangerous place

Sexual Abuse

Forcing sex when you do not want it
Forcing you to have sex with others
Unwanted and uncomfortable touching
Insisting you dress in an exaggerated sexual manner
Forcing you to strip
Forcing sex after beating you
Forcing sex when you are sleeping or sick
Forcing you to watch others having sex

Economic Abuse

Rigidly controlling your finances
Withholding money or credit cards
Making you account for every penny you spend
Withholding basic necessities (food, clothes, medications, shelter)
Restricting you to an allowance
Preventing you from working or choosing your own career
Sabotaging your job (making you miss work, calling constantly)
Stealing from you or taking your money without permission or knowledge

It's a Cycle...

Printable Handouts:  For information NOW

Domestic Violence Fact Sheet 

Power and Control Wheel/ Cycle of Domestic Violence

Common Myths and Why They Are Wrong
Why They Stay and Go

Safety Planning

The Do(s) and Don't(s) of Helping a Friend in an Abusive Relationship

How is YOUR Relationship?

Red Flags To Look For In An Abusive Personality

Equality Wheel

Abusive Relationships: When Love Turns Violent

A Call To Men- Ending Violence Against Women

Differences Between Chemical Dependency & Domestic Violence