Is Someone You Know In An Abusive Relationship?
- Does your partner continually put you down, call you names, or humiliate you?
- Does your partner intimidate you through looks or actions (pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, etc), destroy your property, or display weapons?
- Does your partner control what you do, who you see and talk to, and where you go, limiting your involvement out side the relationship?
- Does your partner force you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like?
- Are you made to feel guilty about your children, or has your partner threatened to take your children away?
Is A friend or family member?
- Does your friend appear anxious, depressed, withdrawn, and reluctant to talk?
- Does the abuser criticize your friend in front of you, making remarks that make you feel uncomfortable when you’re around the two of them?
- Do you see or hear about repeated bruises, broken bones, or other injuries that reportedly result from accidents”?
- Does the abuser try to control your friend’s every move, make them account for their time, and accuse them of having affairs?
- Is your friend often late or absent from work; has quit a job altogether, or leaves social engagements early because their abuser is waiting for them?
If you or a friend is experiencing domestic violence, PLEASE CALL this confidential toll-free number: the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE or from a TTY at (800) 787-3224.
From the Healthy Living Pocket Guide by Cothran Publications, the publisers of Venus Magazine