Do you think that you might be in an abusive relationship, or are you concerned for someone you know? Take a moment to review our checklist. Domestic violence isn’t just about being physically hit; it’s also about patterns of control that might be within the relationship.
Does your partner:
· Constantly criticize you and your abilities as a spouse or partner, parent or employee?
· Behave in an over-protective manner or become extremely jealous?
· Threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends or himself/herself?
· Prevent you from seeing family or friends?
· Get suddenly angry, refuse to compromise, and constantly blame you for his/her mistakes?
· Destroy personal property or throw things around?
· Deny you access to family assets like bank accounts, credit cards, or the car, or control all finances and force you to account for what you spend?
· Use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children?
· Physically hurt you at all? (Hit, punch, slap, kick, shove, choke or bite you?)
· Prevent you from going where you want to, when you want to, and with whomever you want to?
· Make you have sex when you don't want to or do other things sexually that you don't want to do?
· Humiliate or embarrass you in front of other people?
It you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be at risk for abuse and help is available. You are not to blame and you are not alone. You can find help and support by calling 1-888-774-2900. You need not face it by yourself.