What it is

Domestic violence involves a pattern of behavior within a relationship that is used to maintain power or control over another. Domestic violence can happen to anyone; it is not dependent on your economic status, ethnicity, sexual preference, or any other status. Being abused can be confusing – and it is not your fault.

How would you rate your relationship?

Does your partner
  • Embarrass you with bad names and put-downs?
  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
  • Control what you do, who you see, or where you go?
  • Stop you from seeing or talking to friends and family?
  • Control your access to money?
  • Threaten to "out" you to family, friends or work colleagues?
  • Threaten to take away your children?
  • Destroy your property?
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
  • Threaten to hurt or kill your pets?
  • Threaten to kill you or himself/herself?
  • Shove you, slap you, or hit you?
  • Act like abuse is not a big deal or deny it happens?
  • Act like the abuse is your fault?

If you answered yes to even one, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Help is available
24-Hour Crisis Line 701-746-8900 or Toll Free: (866) 746-8900.

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