Recognizing the Signs of Abuse
Recognizing the Signs of Abuse
CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence
Read about the 10 warning signs of abuse that could help you or someone you know in Mary Kay's blog post, “Recognizing the Signs of Abuse” from Don’t Look Away non-profit partner loveisrespect.
From the news to scripted programs to reality TV, domestic violence has been at the forefront of pop culture over the past year. It’s an issue that affects more than 12 million people each year in the U.S. and can happen regardless of a person’s gender, age, race, religion or economic background. However, domestic violence can be stopped. Education leads to prevention, and as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, now is a great time to learn more about the warning signs and how to get help.
Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that an abusive partner behaves in ways that help them maintain power and control over their partner. Domestic violence encompasses many different kinds of abuse, so it’s important to learn the signs that someone is being abused because they aren’t always as obvious as bruises or physical injuries.
An abusive partner might:
• Shame or embarrass their partner with put-downs or insults
• Isolate their partner from friends and family
• Exhibit jealousy or possessive behavior
• Hit, slap, choke or kick their partner
• Control who their partner sees, what they wear and/or where they go
• Prevent their partner from getting a job or going to school
• Not allow their partner to make financial decisions or refuse to give their partner money for necessities
• Pressure or force their partner to engage in sexual activity
• Destroy property or threaten to hurt their partner, children or pets
• Intimidate their partner with guns or other weapons
If someone you know is being abused, one of the most helpful things you can do is let them know that the abuse is not their fault, and listen to them without judgment. Another way to support someone you care about is offering to help them create a safety plan that might include finding transportation or a safe place to stay. You could also let them know about resources for survivors, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Hotline advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and provide crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals to local or legal resources. The Hotline also partners with Break the Cycle to provide information and resources to teens and young adults through loveisrespect. Young people affected by dating abuse can text* loveis to 22522 to chat confidentially with a peer advocate. Special thanks to Mary Kay Inc. for being the lead sponsor for loveisrespect’s text-for-help services!
No one deserves to be abused, ever, for any reason. This October, we invite you to help raise awareness about domestic violence and show your support for all survivors!
Today's blog is from Cameka Crawford, chief communications officer for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect. She is living her dreams by helping to tell the stories of people affected by domestic violence and educating the public on available resources.