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Am I A Victim

Are you a victim of domestic violence or family violence? This question may be seemingly easy to answer. However, in reality, there are several victims of family violence who may not consider themselves victims and will not seek help because they do not believe the circumstances they endure rise to the level of domestic violence.  Domestic violence is more than just physical abuse. Physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse are all forms of domestic violence that no partner in a relationship should ever endure. Additionally, domestic violence is genderless – both men and women may be victims of family violence. If you are questioning whether your situation rises to the level of domestic violence, see the examples below. If you recognize any of these circumstances as your own, please seek assistance. Our article titled: “Family Violence: Generally” is the perfect place to start as it provides several resources for those who may be victims of family violence.  

If you have experienced any of the scenarios below, you may be a victim of family violence:

  • Your partner attempts to isolate you from family or friends.
  • Your partner calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
  • Your partner damages property when angry (like throwing thrown objects or punching walls).
  • Your partner constantly monitors where you go, who you talk to, and who you spend time with.
  • Your partner threatens to hurt you, your children, your family or your pets.
  • Your partner has actually hurt your children.
  • Your partner humiliates you.
  • Your partner pushes, slaps, kicks, chokes or punches you, or has done so in the past.
  • Your partner has threatened you with a weapon.
  • Your partner has forced you to leave your home.
  • Your partner has prevented you from leaving your home.
  • Your partner has prevented you from calling police or seeking medical attention.
  • Your partner has used physical force in sexual situations.
  • Your partner accuses you of cheating or is often jealous of your outside relationships.
  • Your partner has forced you to into sexual situations or demanded that you become intimate regardless of your desires. 
  • Your partner has hurt you with weapons or objects during sex.
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