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Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive and violent behavior between people who are or were married, living together, or in an ongoing domestic relationship. Behaviors such as physical assault, sexual assault, coercion, verbal threats or harassment, emotional and psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, financial abuse, or any combination of these constitute domestic violence.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, ethnic background, or socioeconomic level. Abusers use violence to gain and maintain power and control. Abusers may deny that their behaviors are domestic violence. Many are quite charming outside the privacy of their home. Victims may deny that they are suffering domestic abuse because they are afraid or intimidated, or because they don’t understand what behaviors constitute domestic violence.

Using intimidation: making her afraid by using looks, actions, gestures, smashing things, destroying her property, abusing pets, displaying weapons.

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Using emotional abuse: putting her down, making her feel bad about herself, calling her names, making her think she's crazy, playing mind games, humiliating her, making her feel guilty.

Using isolation: controlling what she does, who she sees and talks to, what she reads, where she goes, limiting her outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions.

Minimizing, denying, and blaming: making light of the abuse and not taking her concerns about it seriously, saying the abuse didn't happen, shifting responsibility for abusive behavior, saying she caused it.

Using economic abuse: preventing her from getting or keeping a job, making her ask for money, giving her an allowance, taking her money, not letting her know about or have access to family income.

Using coercion and threats: making and/or carrying out threats to hurt her, threatening to leave her, to commit suicide, to report her to welfare, making her drop charges, making her do illegal things.
 







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