Be the Difference

By: Brooks Clontz

Domestic Violence

Violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner

Signs of Domestic Violence

There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you are constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up around your partner, chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.

Women don't Deserve This!

5 Safety Tips and Ideas

Idea/Tip Number 1: Put the right numbers on speed-dial.

Idea/Tip Number 2: Have a ‘Safe’ word/phrase.

Idea/Tip Number 3: Keep your phone (and some money) on you at all times.

Idea/Tip Number 4: Arrange for an ally in advance.

Idea/Tip Number 5: Have an escape plan.

Why Victims Tend to Stay

Emotional Reasons

-Belief that the abusive partner will change

-Insecurity about living alone

-Lack of emotional support

-Attachment to the partner

-Feeling responsible for the abuse


Situational Reasons

-Economic dependence on the abuser

-Cultural or religious constrains

-Lack of alternative housing

-Lack of occupational skills

-Fear of physical harm to self or children

Work Cited

-"Why Do Abused Victims Stay?" Psych Central.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

-"Domestic Violence and Abuse." : Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.

-"Blog." The National Domestic Violence Hotline RSS2. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.