May 19 / Simcha

Recognizing an Abusive Relationship

neverDomestic violence affects people from every racial, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, and of every sexual orientation. A leading cause of injury for American women between the ages of 15 and 54, it takes place against women of every age. It is easy and natural to ignore signs of domestic violence.

You may be in a situation of control, and possibly in danger, if your partner:

  • Insults you in public and private;
  • Checks up on where you’ve been and who you’ve talked to;
  • Puts down your friends and family;
  • Tells you jealousy is a sign of love;
  • Blames you for the abuse;
  • Limits where you go and what you do;
  • Tries to control your money;
  • Destroys your belongings;
  • Threatens to hurt you, your family, or pets;
  • Makes you have sex in ways or at times that are uncomfortable to you;
  • Touches you in ways that hurt or scare you;
  • Tells you your fears are not important.

If any of these things happen to you, and you live in Washington State, call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-562-6025 (24-hour crisis line) 

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From:   Love Shouldn’t Hurt brochure, King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (206-568-5454)