Is This Abuse?
Not everyone experiences domestic violence in the same way, but there are warning signs. Some may seem subtle, while others may seem obvious. Remember, if you are experiencing abuse, you can get support to help to live a safer life and heal.
- Worry that your relationship isn’t healthy?
- Feel afraid of your partner or avoid making them angry?
- Believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?
- Feel emotionally numb or helpless?
- Dread going home or seeing your partner?
- Feel like you are unable to make choices about what’s best for you or your children?
- Feel isolated from your friends, family, or community?
Does your partner:
- Humiliate, criticize, or yell at you?
- Invalidate your feelings or make you feel crazy?
- Act jealous or possessive?
- Control where you go or what you do?
- Keep you from seeing your friends or family?
- Threaten to “out” you at work or to family or friends?
- Limit your access to money, phones, or transportation?
- Threaten to take your children away or harm them?
- Constantly call, text, or show up unannounced?
- Destroy your belongings or threaten your pets?
- Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
- Force you to have sex?
- Threaten to use the law or your immigration status against you?
- Push, slap, pinch, choke, or hit you?
If you have questions about your relationship or if you have experienced any of the above, help and support is available. Call LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline at 425-746-1940 to speak with an advocate today.