What is Domestic Violence?
While many people believe that domestic violence is only defined by serious physical battery toward a spouse, in reality, its definition is much broader than that. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a pattern of physically or emotionally violent or coercive behavior that one person uses to exercise power and control over another. Abusers may use verbal insults, emotional abuse, financial deprivation, threats of physical harm to family members or friends, and sexual or physical violence to dominate their partners and ultimately get their way.
Following are some examples of ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR:
Disabling your vehicle
Constant sexual demands
Forcing or guilting you into unwanted sex
Yelling obscenities at you
Apologizing but then repeating acts
Threatening to hurt or kill you
Isolating your from friends & family
Degrading women or men in general
Belittling your accomplishments
Ridiculing your appearance
Abusing your pets
Falsely accusing you of having affairs
Forcing you to view pornography
Forcing pregnancy or abortion
Making demeaning sexual remarks
Monitoring your conversations
Constant phone calls
Controlling all the money
Withholding financial information
Holding you down
Pulling your hair
Preventing you from leaving
Locking you out of the house
Throwing things at you
Spitting on you
Abandoning you in dangerous places
Refusing to help if you need it
Threatening your children
NONE OF THESE BEHAVIORS ARE ACCEPTABLE. ALL OF THEM ARE CONSIDERED ABUSIVE.
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