Understanding Domestic Violence
Millions of women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused every year by someone they know and love – their husband or partner. It happens to women of all ages, races, religions and income levels. Men also can be abused by their partner and are encouraged to report all such instances, which can lead to very serious consequences.
Domestic violence includes:
- Denying freedom
- Withholding money
Does your partner:
- Threaten to hurt or kill you, your children or your pets?
- Say it’s your fault if he or she hits you…then promises it will not happen again (but it does)?
- Put you down in public or keeps you from contacting family or friends?
- Throw you down, push, hit, choke, kick or slap you?
- Force you to have sex when you don’t want to?
- Take your money or refuse to give you money?
- Threaten to commit suicide?
- Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
If you have checked even one of the above, you may be in an abusive relationship. If you need to talk, call the Crisis Centre on 328-0922