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Understanding Relationship Abuse.
We're all affected by the issue of domestic violence.

Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV), dating abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.


Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. People of any race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level, or economic status can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence. That includes behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate, or control a partner or otherwise force them to behave in ways they don’t want to. This can happen through physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, or financial control.


Warning Signs of Abuse
Know what to look for.

Telling you that you never do anything right.


Showing extreme jealousy of your friends or time spent away from them.


Preventing or discouraging you from spending time with others, particularly friends, family members, or peers.


Insulting, demeaning, or shaming you, especially in front of other people.


Preventing you from making your own decisions, including about working or attending school.


Controlling finances in the household without discussion, such as taking your money or refusing to provide money for necessary expenses.


Pressuring you to have sex or perform sexual acts you’re not comfortable with.


Pressuring you to use drugs or alcohol.


Intimidating you through threatening looks or actions.


Insulting your parenting or threatening to harm or take away your children or pets.


Intimidating you with weapons like guns, knives, bats, or mace.


Destroying your belongings or your home.

Our advocates are here for you 24/7, ready to discuss your situation and explore all available options to ensure your safety.

Remember: no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind—for any reason.

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