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What is Domestic Violence?

Disagreements develop from time to time in relationships. But Domestic Violence is not a disagreement. It is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to establish and maintain power and control over the other. These behaviors can become more frequent and intense over time. The abusive person is responsible for these behaviors, and; is the only one who can change them. If you need help or are "in immediate danger" Call 911!

Battering is a pattern of selfish, controlling behavior that one person in a relationship uses to restrict the activity and independence of her/his partner.

It may begin with verbal and emotional abuse:

  • taunting and insulting you
  • ignoring and neglecting you
  • threatening to hurt your pets
  • threatening your children
  • blaming you for things that go wrong
  • controlling your use of money
  • checking up on you
  • withholding affection to punish you.

It will likely escalate to physical/sexual abuse:

  • destroying your belongings
  • depriving you of food, shelter, clothing, and sleep
  • throwing things at you
  • touching you in ways that hurt or scare you
  • accusing you of having an affair
  • beating you and forcing you to have sex
  • threatening you with weapons