By Hayden Maddox
What Is It?
Domestic violence is aggressive and violent abuse that happens inside the home whether it be verbal abuse or physical abuse.This typically occurs between a partner or a spouse but can be between other people that live together.
Signs That You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence
Does Your Partner
- Humiliate you or yell at you?
- Ignore your opinions or accomplishments?
- Hit you or threaten to hit you?
- Blame you for their aggressive behavior?
- Have a bad temper?
- Feel afraid of your partner?
- Avoid certain topics to avoid angering your partner?
- Believe you deserve to be mistreated?
- Feel helpless?
Signs Someone You Know Is A Victim of Domestic Violence
- Seems afraid of their partner.
- Goes along with everything their partner says.
- Check in with their partner frequently to let them know where they are.
- Has injuries often.
- Has low self-esteem.
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How to Get Out of A Domestic Violent Situation
- Call 911 or a Hotline for domestic violence
- Practice an escape plan
- Get a restraining order
- Go and find a nearby shelter for battered women- The shelter will keep your abuser from finding you
Why Do Victims Tend To Stay?
Typically victims of domestic violence tend to stay because of:
- Low self-esteem
- Thinking that their partner will change
What can family and friends do to help?
- Listen to them and respect their choices.
- Try and give them a place to stay when they do decide to leave.
- Contact the police if things become life-threatening.
- Call a local shelter for domestic violence victims and tell them about it.
Where to Seek Help
- Friends and Family
- Domestic violence hotline
- Domestic violence shelter