Warning Signs of Abuse
What are some warning signs of an abusive relationship?
Domestic abuse is most easily recognized in its physical form. However, many other behaviors can constitute abuse — behaviors that leave no visible marks, but harm the victim emotionally or psychologically. Recognizing danger signs is often the first step towards safety. Has your intimate partner ever:
- Beaten, bitten, kicked, punched, slapped or shaken you?
- Strangled you?
- Stalked you?
- Continually criticized you?
- Manipulated you?
- Humiliated you?
- Denied you financial resources?
- Isolated you from family/friends?
- Denied you medical attention or medication?
- Threatened you with weapons?
- Threatened you with beating or with being killed?
- Threatened to commit suicide?
- Threatened your family members and/or children?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship and should seek assistance.
Here are some resources for helpful information about abuse:
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://www.mcadv.org)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://www.ncadv.org)
Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (http://www.mscasa.org)
National Center for Victims of Crime (http://www.ncvc.org)
Women’s Law.org (http://www.WomensLaw.org)
Stalking Resource Center (http://www.ncvc.org/src/)
Battered Women’s Justice Project (http://www.bwjp.org)
American Bar Association (http://www.americanbar.org)
National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (http://law.lclark.edu)
Victim Law (http://www.victimlaw.info/victimlaw/)
Love is Respect (http://www.loveisrespect.org)
Love is not Abuse (http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/)