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:
- Using a knife, gun or other weapon
- 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
- Forcing unwanted sexual acts
- Physically attacking another's sexual parts
- Refusing to practice safe sex