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

Name-calling

Threatening to hurt or kill you

Isolating your from friends & family

Degrading women or men in general

Belittling your accomplishments

Ridiculing your appearance

Constant blaming

Withholding affection

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

Pushing

Shoving

Grabbing

Locking you out of the house

Hitting

Throwing things at you

Choking 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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