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Abusive Relationships are characterized by Fear! Power! Control!

There are at least seven kinds of abuse

Psychological Abuse

Throwing things
Slamming doors
Driving recklessly
Breaking personal items
Trying to hit partner with car
Breaking objects
Punching walls or doors
Kicking furniture, car or walls
Threatening with an object
Destroying property

Locking partner out of the house
Tearing or destroying clothes
Accusations of insanity
Threatening to harm partner or others
Threatening to kidnap partner or the children
Harassing phone calls, emails or texts
Killing pets

Emotional Abuse

Constant criticism
Constant belittling
Humiliating their partner in public and in private

The silent treatment
Putting others down
Threatening suicide
Economic Abuse

Making partner financially dependant
Maintaining total control over both incomes
Withholding money or access to money
Trying to keep partner from getting or keeping a job

Making partner ask for money
Giving partner an allowance
Requiring partner to justify all money spent
Sexual  Abuse

Coerced (non-consensual) sexual contact
Undermining their partner's sexuality
Treating partner as a sex object
Unfounded accusations of infidelity

Hurtful sex
Forced sex with someone other than partner

Verbal Abuse

Ridiculing their partners beliefs or religion
Insulting their race, heritage, or class
Being sarcastic

Name calling
Insulting family and friends
Laughing at others

Cutting partner off from friends and family
Controlling what their partner does
Controlling whom their partner sees

Controlling whom their partner talks to
Controlling where their partner goes
Controlling every aspect of their partner's life
Physical Abuse
Hair Pulling
Arm Twisting
Advocates work directly with victims of domestic violence to address all areas of concern. Call 303.772.0432
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