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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

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  • Making and/or caring out threats to do something to hurt her/him.
  • Threatening to leave her/him to commit suicide.
  • To report her/him to welfare
  • Making her/him drop charges.
  • Making her/him do illegal things.
  • Making her/him afraid by using looks, actions, gestures.
  • Smashing things.
  • Destroying her/him property
  • Abusing pets.
  • Displaying weapons.
  • Putting her/him down
  • Making her/himself bad feel bad about themselves. 
  • Calling her/him names
  • Making her/him think they are crazy.
  • Playing mind games. 
  • Humiliating her/him.
  • Making her/him feel guilty.
  • Controlling what she/he does, who she/he sees and talks to, what she/he reads, where she/he goes.
  • Limiting her/his outside involvement.
  • Using jealousy to justify actions. 
  • Making light of the abuse and not talking her/his concerns about it seriously. 
  • Saying the abuse didn't happen.
  • Shifting responsibility for abuse behavior. 
  • Saying she/he caused it.
  • Making her/him feel guilty about the children. 
  • Using the children to relay messages.
  • Using visitation to harass her/him.
  • Threatening to take the children away.
  • Treating her/him like a servant
  • Making all the big decisions.
  • Acting like the "master of the castle".
  • Being the one to define men's and women's roles.
  • Preventing her/him from getting or keeping a job. 
  • Making her/him ask for money. 
  • Giving her/him an allowance.
  • Taking her/his money. 
  • Not letting her/him know about or have access to family income.