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Domestic Violence Information

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to gain power and control over another in an intimate or familial relationship. 

Types of abuse include:

Physical Abuse-

An intentional but unwanted physical contact.  Physical abuse can lead to injury and, in extreme cases, death. 

Examples of physical abuse include:

  • Punching, kicking, hitting, biting, pushing

  • Choking/strangling

  • Pulling hair or pulling/grabbing at clothing

  • Throwing objects

  • Using guns, knives or weapons to threaten or injure

Emotional Abuse-

Emotional or psychological abuse is one tactic used by abusers to control their victims.  The effects of emotional abuse can also lead a victim to falsely believe that their abuse will change.  It can also make them question their own self-worth, making safety planning more difficult. 

Abusers may exert emotional abuse on their victims in a number of ways, including:

  • Put downs and name calling

  • Humiliating them in front of others

  • Making them feel guilty or blaming them for the abuse

  • Behaviors and comments to erode their self-esteem

  • Playing mind games

Financial Abuse-

Financial abuse creates intentioned dependence on an abuser and serves to entrap a victim in the relationship. 

Some forms of financial abuse include:

  • Giving an allowance

  • Not letting the victim have their money

  • Hiding family assets

  • Running up debt

  • Interfering with employment

  • Ruining credit


Stalking involves following someone in a way that caused them to feel fearful or emotionally distressed. 

Stalkers may use any of the following tactics against their victims:

  • Following them; showing up at their workplace

  • Sending unwanted gifts, mail, e-mails, or text messages

  • Monitoring phone calls or computer usage

  • Posting information or spreading rumors about them on the internet

  • Using technology such as GPS or hidden cameras to track them

Common Signs of Abuse-

  • Name calling or demeaning comments

  • Frequent phone calls or texts

  • Threatens to harm or kill you, your pet(s), or family members

  • Blames you for the abusive behavior; does not take responsibility for actions

  • Prevents you from spending time with family or friends and from enjoying hobbies or other activities

  • Damages your credit by exceeding limits, purposely not paying bills, etc; may restrict your access to financial resources


According to the CDC 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

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- Eleanor Roosevelt

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