Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate against people of different races, socio-economic status, or age. Unfortunately, domestic violence and relationship abuse goes unreported or is overlooked.
When people think of abusive relationships, they often focus on acts of physical violence.
But abusive relationships can also entail many other attributes. It’s helpful to identify the signs of abusive relationships early, but also know that abusers may not show signs at the beginning of a relationship. It may, in fact, take time for an abuser to begin showing warning signs such as putting you down, making you feel guilty, or controlling the finances, just to name a few
Domestic abusers don’t play fair in their relationships.
They often resort to tactics that invoke fear, shame, guilt, or intimidation to gain a sense of control over their partner. Their actions erode your sense of security, even in your own household. Abusive partners commonly use acts of violence or violent outbursts to threaten or hurt you in order to exert control over a partner.
Other indicators that you are in an abusive relationship may include: being humiliated or yelled at, a partner who threatens to hurt your children, damage property, threatens to commit suicide if you leave, or forces you to have sex.
Abusive behavior can escalate over time from hurtful or demeaning language to physical acts of violence. It is important to recognize the signs of abusive relationships before you are at risk.
Domestic abuse and violence is never acceptable as each and every person deserves to feel valued, respected, and safe.
It’s important to remember there are people and organizations willing to help you if you feel you are in an abusive relationship, and especially if you have been a victim of domestic violence.
If you or someone you know requires domestic violence services in Wayne County and Holmes County, contact OneEighty today to see how we can help regain your sense of security.