Spotting Signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious problem, and quite often, victims feel completely helpless and unable to seek help. This makes it essential for family and friends to learn the signs of domestic violence and sexual abuse—so that they can step in and help at-risk individuals get the help they need.

Naturally, the most obvious signs of domestic violence are physical. Black eyes, bruises around the neck, and wrist injuries are particularly common in abusive relationships, as these result from being punched, pushed, or choked.

Victims often attempt to mask these injuries with clothing or makeup, so be alert for changes in these habits. An individual who normally wears short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts who then starts wearing a long-sleeved shirt during hot weather may be trying to hide bruises.

Victims of domestic violence may try to blame their injury on clumsiness, but when the injury is more serious than the alleged “trip and fall” or “bumping into things” story, abuse may be the problem.

Individuals suffering from domestic abuse frequently become socially isolated as their partner restricts their activities. Isolation from relatives and friends, or needing to get permission simply to meet with or talk to others often occurs when abuse is taking place.

By learning to recognize the signs of domestic violence, you’ll be in a better position to help those in need. Swift action on your part could make all the difference in helping someone get out of a dangerous situation.