What Is Abuse?


Many people who are being abused do not see themselves as victims. Also, abusers do not see themselves as being abusive. Domestic violence is about one person in a relationship using a pattern of behaviors to control the other person. It can happen to people who are married or not married, living together, separated, or dating. 


If your partner repeatedly uses one or more of the following to control you: 


        pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting 

        threatening you, your children, other family members or pets 

        threatening suicide to get you to do something 

        using or threatening to use a weapon against you 

        keeping or taking your paycheck 

        putting you down or making you feel bad 

        forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like 

        keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going to work 


You have been abused! 


If you are being abused, REMEMBER: 

1.      You are not alone. 

2.      It is not your fault. 

3.      Help is available. 


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