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William A. Presti Center
April 2016 Newsletter 
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Are You In An Abusive Relationship?

This month as we focus on sexual assault, we would like to look at warning signs to identify if you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship. Helpguide.org tells us that domestic abuse, also sometimes referred to as spousal abuse, "occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person." The purpose of all domestic abuse is always to manipulate and gain control over the person being abused and to maintain that control. It's important to note that domestic abuse and violence happens to people of all ethnic backgrounds, age ranges, genders, and sexual orientations. It may not be easy to tell in the beginning stages of a relationship if your partner is abusive. The National Domestic Violence Hotline says abusive behaviors can emerge as the relationship grows over time.

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What are the Warning Signs?

Understanding and recognizing the warning signs of domestic abuse is the first step towards receiving help. Ask yourself or your loved one the following questions. The questions are broken down into four categories in order to identify abusive behavior in relationships.
Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings
Do you:
  • feel scared around your partner most of the time?
  • purposely not talk about certain topics to avoid angering your partner?
  • believe that the hurt and mistreatment you experience is deserved?
  • tend to feel numb emotionally or helpless in the relationship?
Your Partner's Belittling Behavior
Does your partner:
  • consistently put you down and use harsh words with you?
  • criticize or ignore your opinions or accomplishments?
  • tell you that you are at fault for their own abusive behavior?
  • treat and see you as their property or as a sex object?
Your Partner's Violent Behavior or Threats
Does your partner:
  • seem to have a bad and incalcuable temper?
  • physically harm you, or threaten to harm or kill you?
  • threaten to physically harm your children or take them away from you?
  • threaten to kill themselves if you decide to leave?
Your Partner's Controlling Behavior
Does your partner:
  • continuously act jealous and possessive of you?
  • seek to control where you go and/or what you do?
  • keep you away from your friends and family?
  • restrict your access to your money, the phone, or the car?
If the answer to even some or most of these questions is yes, it is time to seek professional help. To learn more about resources you can turn to for help, click here or call the domestic violence hot line directly at 1-800-799-7233.

References:
Smith, Melinda, and Segal, Jeanne. "Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships." Helpguide.org. n.p. March 2016. Web. 31 March 2016


"Warning Signs and Red Flags." The National Domestic Violence Hotline. n.p. n.d. Web. 31 March 2016
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April 2016 Newsletter

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