Is This Happening To You?
Most relationships have difficult times and almost every couple argues. But violence is different, whether its abusive or emotional it is still domestic abuse. Domestic Violence is a pattern that a partner uses to control the behavior of the other partner. Domestic Violence often begins with name calling, belittling, demanding, and stripping of confidence. Eventually the abuse can build up to hitting, punching, striking, pushing and more violence.
Does your partner:
- Embarrass you with put-downs
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you
- Control what you do and who you talk to
- Stop you from seeing friends and family
- Take your money or refuse to give you money
- Prevent you from working or school
- Blame you for things that he/she does
- Make all of the decisions
- Threaten to harm you
- Threaten to take away the children
- Involve weapons, knives, guns
- Slap you, push you, choke you
- Threaten to "kill you"
If any of these are happening to you or someone you know, it is time to seek help. It is not your fault and you are not alone. You may reach out to your local police station, support groups, a close friend, or local organizations such as:
- Strength United (818) 787-9700
- Journey Out, (818) 988-4970
- Safe Passage (818) 232-7476
- Haven Hills, Domestic Violence Services & Shelter (818) 887-6579
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
- Department of Children and Family Services - 1-800-540-4000
- Suicide and Crisis Hotline 1-800-784-2433