Domestic Violence

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?

Do You?

  • 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:

  • Fear
  • Low self-esteem
  • Money
  • Children
  • 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
  • Police
  • Domestic violence hotline
  • Domestic violence shelter