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What is Domestic Abuse?


Domestic abuse is an ongoing pattern of controlling behaviors used to physically, emotionally, sexually, and psychologically exert power over a current or former intimate partner or family member.



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Abuse is often cyclical in nature and will not go away.
It usually gets worse and increases in frequency over time.
Domestic Abuse Can Include:


Physical Abuse:
  • Hitting
  • Pushing
  • Shaking
  • Biting
  • Using a knife, gun or other weapon
  • Slapping
  • Choking
  • Burning
  • Scratching
  • Spitting

Psychological Abuse:
  • Humiliation, name calling, use of profanity
  • Deliberate embarrassment
  • Control of another's movement & activities
  • Isolation from friends and family, including actual imprisonment
  • Control of financial resources
  • Withholding information or resources
  • Intimidation through the abuse of children or pets

Sexual Abuse:
  • Forcing unwanted sexual acts
  • Physically attacking another's sexual parts
  • Refusing to practice safe sex




Abuse is NEVER acceptable.                  It is NEVER your fault.



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