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The Warning Signs of Abuse
You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:
You may be in a physically abusive relationship if your partner:
Basic Warning Signs for Professionals
Domestic violence is not limited to “certain groups.” It is difficult to predict who may be a batterer and who may be a victim of domestic violence. There are no typical characteristics or profiles of abusers or victims. Abusers may appear very charming or may seem like angry, explosive individuals. Victims may seem passive or extremely frightened or they may be very angry about what is happening.
On average, it takes seven attempts before an abused woman leaves her partner. Not everyone will need to stay at a shelter. And not everyone will need to or should leave-at least not right away. The victim/survivor is the expert and the best judge of what she can and cannot do safely. So while a woman is deciding what the best course of action is, she needs to create a safety plan which is a plan for staying as well as leaving. Even before a woman has decided to leave an abusive relationship, there are protective measures she can take.
Here are some options a victim might evaluate in creating a safety plan to fit her own particular needs.
Protecting Yourself At Home
Safety planning is a process that takes into account a victim/survivor’s current situation and encourages the development of strategies that help to reduce harm, minimize risks, and create a safe environment.
Technology, including everyday items such as computers and cell phones, is a crucial area to consider in safety planning. Below is a summary of a number of technology precautions to consider as outlined by Safety Net: The National Safe and Strategic Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (www.nnedv.org)
Information is power. You may call or consult with an advocate at a domestic violence hotline to make sure your safety plan is comprehensive.
A restraining order, also referred to as a 209A protective order, is one option to consider in seeking safety from an abuser. The information below describes court orders and how to get one, how they are enforced and how to make a decision about seeking an order.
Restraining orders are only a piece of a larger safety plan. It is important that you make a safety plan in addition to obtaining a restraining order. A shelter can help you know what is available to you. Call 1-877-785-2020 to be connected to the program nearest you. In an emergency call 9-1-1 for police assistance.
Our phone and chat services are available to anyone who has been affected by relationship abuse, including those who are currently in abusive relationships, those who are working to heal, friends or family of victims and survivors and anyone in the community who has questions about domestic violence. We have the ability to provide phone services in more than 200 languages.
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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes. Only 25% of all physical assaults, 20% of all rapes, and 50% of all stalking perpetrated against females by their partners are reported to the police