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Ways To Identify Domestic Abuse And Craft An Exit Strategy

Author, Beverly Price, CDC Certified Divorce®, Women’s Empowerment, Pre-Mediation Coach and Host of Her Empowered Divorce Show - Kuel Life The Collective Power of Women

The issue of domestic violence poses a grave concern for numerous women.

It is imperative to be able to identify the indicators of an abusive relationship and understand how to extricate oneself from a perilous situation.

Instances may arise when your partner apologizes and assures you that the hurtful behavior will not recur, yet you remain apprehensive that it will. This may lead you to question if the abuse is real or imagined, despite experiencing genuine emotional or physical anguish. If this situation resonates with you, there’s a possibility that you are grappling with domestic violence.

“This form of violence encompasses emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, along with threats of such abuse.”

Recognizing Domestic Violence:

Recognizing domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, transpires within intimate relationships. This form of violence encompasses emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, along with threats of such abuse. While partner abuse can afflict anyone, it disproportionately targets women. Notably, domestic violence is present in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

Abusive relationships inherently involve an inequity of power and control. The abusive party employs intimidating and hurtful language and behaviors to exert control over the other partner. Detecting signs of domestic violence might not be straightforward. While some abusive relationships are glaringly apparent, often the abuse emerges subtly and exacerbates over time. If you find yourself in a relationship where your partner:

  • Engages in name-calling, insults, or demeaning remarks.

  • Discourages you from interacting with family, and friends, or attending work or school.

  • Exerts control over your finances, whereabouts, medications, or attire.

  • Demonstrates jealousy, possessiveness, or groundless accusations of infidelity.

  • Becomes aggressive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Uses threats of violence or wields weapons.

  • Inflicts physical harm such as hitting, kicking, choking, or harming children and pets.

  • Coerces you into non-consensual sexual acts.

  • Blames you for their violent behavior or attempts to justify it.


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