It is a pattern of behavior by one partner designed to establish power or control over the other partner. It can take the form of physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. Most people think of physical violence as the only type of relationship abuse. But in fact, more than 30 years of relationship violence research has indicated that the verbal and emotional abuse has as much or more negative impact on survivors of violence than physical abuse. Watch Kati Morton's video to learn more.
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Breaking, throwing or damaging partner's belongings
Hitting or punching
Squeezing and leaving bruises
Pushing out of car or keeping someone restrained in a car
Abuse, or threatened abuse, of children or pets
Forced sex or unwanted touching
Driving recklessly while you are in the car
Twisting arms or tearing clothes
Standing or sitting on you
Acts of Psychological Abuse
Isolating another from family & friends
Being irresponsible with money
Controlling access to money
Criticizing a partner's looks
Unwanted sexual demands
Making fun of partner
Keeping partner up all night
Blaming the other partner for all relationship problems
Threatening breakup, divorce or separation
Constant questioning about activities
Using alcohol and/or drugs
Refusing to work
Keeping partner from working
Acts of Verbal Abuse
Unwarranted accusations of cheating
Calling you names (i.e. whore, slut, bastard, etc.)
Leaving nasty voicemails
Harassing text messages
Giving you the "silent treatment" as punishment
Making insulting and critical comments about you (e.g., "you're so dumb", "you're fat", etc.)
Yelling or screaming at you
Threats to use violence against you
Threats to children or pets
Telling you that nothing is good enough
Criticism of your memory-- telling you what you remembered did not happen
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