warning signs

 

YOU MAY BE IN AN EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IF YOUR PARTNER:

  • Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
  • Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
  • Tries to isolate you from family or friends.
  • Monitors where you go, who you call and who you spend time with.
  • Does not want you to work.
  • Controls finances or refuses to share money.
  • Punishes you by withholding affection.
  • Expects you to ask permission.
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets.
  • Humiliates you in any way.

 

YOU MAY BE IN A PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IF YOUR PARTNER HAS EVER:

  • Damaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.).
  • Pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or choked you.
  • Abandoned you in a dangerous or unfamiliar place.
  • Scared you by driving recklessly.
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt you.
  • Forced you to leave your home.
  • Trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
  • Prevented you from calling police or seeking medical attention.
  • Hurt your children.
  • Used physical force in sexual situations.

 

YOU MAY BE IN A SEXUALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IF YOUR PARTNER:

  • Views women as objects and believes in rigid gender roles.
  • Accuses you of cheating or is often jealous of your outside relationships.
  • Wants you to dress in a sexual way.
  • Insults you in sexual ways or calls you sexual names.
  • Has ever forced or manipulated you into to having sex or performing sexual acts.
  • Held you down during sex.
  • Demanded sex when you were sick, tired or after beating you.
  • Hurt you with weapons or objects during sex.
  • Involved other people in sexual activities with you.
  • Ignored your feelings regarding sex.

 

If any of these are happening in your relationship, talk to someone. Without help, the abuse may continue. Please call Partnership Against Domestic Violence at 404-873-1766 or Georgia’s 24-Hour domestic violence hotline, 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836) V/TTY to talk to an advocate about any concerns. An advocate can talk to victims, friends and family to plan for safety.  They can offer  resources in your community or give you or your family support.  Domestic violence programs offer victims and their families a variety of services in the community and are there to support you 24 hours a day.

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