Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied.  This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical.  Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.

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It is impossible to know for sure what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. take them very seriously.

People who are being abused may: Seem afraid or anxious to please their partner.  Go along with everything their partner says and does.  Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they’re doing.  Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner.  Talk about their partner’s temper, jealousy, or possessiveness.

People who are being physically abused may: Have frequent injuries, with the excuse of “accidents”.  Frequently miss work, school, or social occasions, without explanation.  Dress in clothing designed to hide bruises or scars; wearing long sleeves in the summer or sunglasses indoors.

People who are being isolated by their abuser may: Be restricted from seeing family and friends.  Rarely go out in public without their partner.  Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car.

People who are being abused psychologically may: Have very low self-esteem, even if they used to be confident.  Show major personality changes; an outgoing person becomes withdrawn.  Be depressed, anxious or suicidal.

Speak Up if you suspect Domestic Violence or Abuse!  Ask if something is wrong, express concern, listen and validate, offer help, support his or her decisions.  Don’t wait for him or her to come to you, don’t judge or blame, don’t give advice, don’t place conditions on your support.  (Adapted from NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.)

Stay Safe and Stunningly Protected. 🙂

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