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Step 1: Assess the Situation

Assess the Situation

do·mes·tic vi·o·lence

– noun –

any dangerous, aggressive, or demeaning behavior within the home, usually involving the abuse of a spouse or partner.

The line between unhealthy and abusive is a thin one to cross in a relationship.

The first thing to you must do is assess your situation– consider the circumstances to determine if you are a victim of domestic violence if you are unsure.

Domestic violence can affect ANYONE of ANY age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to any couple, married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse, such as punching, shoving, tripping, slapping, or biting. Domestic violence and dating violence can take the form of emotional abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, threats and even intimidation.

If your partner is making you feel afraid, often insults or humiliates you, has hit, kicked, or punched you (or threatened to), keeps you from seeing your loved ones or pursuing your interests, blames you excessively or gets angry often, you may be in an abusive relationship. If you are still unsure, please contact us to speak to an advocate who can assess your situation further.


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