Warning Signs

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Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partners.

You may be a victim of domestic abuse if your partner is using one or more of these to exert power and control over your life:

•Keeping you or discouraging you from seeing friends or family members
•Showing jealousy of your friends and time spent away
•Initiating problems between you and family members so you don’t spend time with them
•Controlling who you see, where you go, or what you do
•Controlling your access to communication with others, such as, not allowing you to have a cell phone or Internet access
•Reviewing what you look at and who you communicate with while on the Internet by looking at your history and social media pages
•Asking for or demanding your passwords for Facebook and other social media and messaging sites

•Controlling every penny spent in the household
•Taking your money or refusing to give you money for expenses
•Preventing you from working or attending school
•Telling you that you can never do anything right
•Embarrassing or shaming you with put-downs
•Preventing you from making your own decisions

•Looking at you or acting in ways that scare you
•Telling you that you are a bad parent or threatening to harm or take away your children
•Destroying your property or threatening to hurt or kill your pets
•Collecting guns, knives and other weapons and intimidating or threatening you with them
•Threatening to hurt you and/or your family if you leave
•Pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with
•Pressuring you to use drugs or alcohol

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call us. We can help you in an emergency situation with crisis intervention, and we can help you create a safety plan. S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Office and Crisis Line 24/7: (970) 867-4444; Toll Free 1-877-867-9590

Things to watch for if you suspect a friend or loved one is a victim of domestic abuse:

•Unexplainable injuries
•She has very little to say about her life
•She becomes timid when her husband or boyfriend is around
•She is distanced from people or estranged from family and acts withdrawn
•Her social relationships have narrowed
•He makes all the rules
•He puts her down in public
•She is afraid

If you believe your friend or family member is a victim of domestic abuse, call us. We can help you know more about domestic violence and services that are available. S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Office and Crisis Line 24/7: (970) 867-4444; Toll Free 1-877-867-9590