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 orientation, 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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