Domestic violence is not just physical. It can span many types of behaviors aimed at making people feel isolated, degraded, and hopeless.
Types of Abuse
We categorize domestic abuse into six categories. They are:
- Physical Abuse: Intentionally causing bodily injury. Examples include slapping, kicking, shoving, punching, etc.
- Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual contact. Examples include touching, rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, etc.
- Emotional Abuse: Intentionally causing emotional pain. Examples include intimidation, ridiculing, isolation, etc.
- Financial Abuse: Withholding money, controlling the household spending or refusing to include you in financial decisions
- Digital Abuse: Using technologies such as texting and social media to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner.
- Stalking: Repeated and unwanted harassment or contact that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear
Signs of a Violent Relationship
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, consider the ‘Yes or No’ questions below:
- Do you feel often feel anxious or nervous when you are around your partner?
- Do you watch what you are doing in order to avoid making your partner angry or upset?
- Do you feel obligated or coerced into having sex with your partner?
- Are you afraid of voicing a different opinion than your partner?
- Does your partner criticize you or embarrass you in front of others?
- Does your partner check up on what you have been doing and not believe your answers?
- Have you stopped seeing any your friends or family because of your partner’s behavior?
- Does your partner say that if you try to leave, they will kill themselves or you?
- Does your partner demand access to your phone, email and social media accounts?
- If your best friend or child were in the same type of relationship as your current one, would you feel that they were being mistreated by their partner?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you might be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. We can help. If you are unsure if your relationship is violent, our advocates are available to talk to you. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please call our 24-hour crisis line at (317)920-9320.