What is Domestic Violence

Are you in an abusive relationship?

Many people associate abuse with physical violence only.  Abuse does not have to be just physical in character.  It can be verbal or emotional as well and can be just as devastating as a physical assault. Abuse, in any form, is an act of control.

Physical abuse: use of strength to inflict pain or control.

  • pushing
  • slapping
  • choking
  • pulling hair
  • forced sex
  • punching
  • attacks with weapons or other objects

Verbal abuse: words used to hurt or control.

  • name-calling
  • insults
  • threats
  • sarcasm

Emotional abuse: actions to intimidate and control.

  • Intense jealousy
  • Checking up on you
  • Accusations
  • Frequent criticism​​​