Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence can take different forms, but its goal is always the same: batterers want total power and control over their partners.  They do this by regularly abusing them physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  Abusers are very much in control: they hit when they want to and stop when they are ready.

Physical Abuse:

  • Slapping, kicking, pushing

  • Hitting, choking, punching

Verbal Abuse:

  • Constant criticism, name calling, shouting

  • making humiliating remarks, mocking

Isolation:

  • Not allowing the victim to see friends and relatives

  • Monitoring phone calls

  • Controlling where the victim goes

  • Taking victim's keys, locking the victim out of the home

Harrassment/Coercion/Intimidation/Threats

  • Making the victim feel guilty

  • Pushing the victim into decisions

  • Manipulating victim and other family members

  • Always insisting on being right

  • Making up impossible "rules" and punishing the victim for breaking them

  • Threatening to harm the victim, children, family members and pets

  • Using physical size to intimidate

  • Keeping weapons and threatening to use them

  • Following or stalking

  • Humiliating the victim in public

  • Constantly checking up on the victim's whereabouts

  • Extreme jealousy and possessiveness

Economic Control

  • Not paying bills, refusing to give money