Domestic violence, domestic abuse, family violence or abuse comes in many forms. The abuser can use one or more of the tactics below to create an environment of power and control. This list does not include all types of domestic violence.
If you would like to speak with someone who cares and is ready to talk about your situation or are in immediate danger:
Includes hitting, beating, pushing, hair pulling, slapping, biting, or any other acts of physical mistreatment.
Controlling access to finances, legal documents or other important papers, interfering with work performance through harassing activities; frequent phone calls, refusing to allow the victim to go to school or to work.
Including brainwashing their partner or trying to make them confused about reality. Secretly monitoring their partner through technology or other means so that the abuser seems to know everything about their partner, switching from violent behavior to kind behavior in order to regain trust of their partner (and ultimately power and control over their partner).
Includes name-calling, verbal threats, attempts at control, neglect or any other acts that make you feel devalued or worthless.
Involves any unwanted sexual contact, sexual pressuring, sexual threats or force sexual relations.