Domestic Violence is not always just physical abuse. It is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), dating abuse, or relationship abuse.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Individuals of any race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level, or economic status can be a victim or perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic Violence behaviors can include physical harm, intimidation, manipulation, or control over their partner in ways that force their partner into doing things they don't want to, including through physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, or financial control.
These behaviors are usually present and occur at the same time or in a pattern of behavior, and it's crucial to understand how these behaviors interact so you know what to look for.
Common Signs of Abuse Behavior
Telling you that you never do anything right
Extreme jealousy, including friends and family
Isolation, keeping you away from friends, family, or peers
Emotional abuse, insulting, demeaning, or shaming you
Preventing you from making your own decisions
Controlling or withholding finances
Pressuring or forcing sex or sexual acts
Pressuring you to use drugs or alcohol
Threatening actions or look or threatening harm against your loved ones
Threatening you with weapons
Destroying your property
Physical violence including pushing, hitting, and strangulation
Domestic Violence can be lethal. There are certain indicators that can determine the risk level of a domestic violence situation. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increased the risk of homicide by 500%.To determine your risk level click the lethality risk assessment link below.
There is help available. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, our advocates are here to help. They can provide 24-hour assistance to victims, securely and confidentially. To reach an advocate call 928-524-4026, Option 1.