Know the Signs of Domestic & Sexual Violence
Like the sun’s harmful UV rays, damage from domestic & sexual violence is not always immediately visible. Are you unsure if you, or someone you know, is involved in an abusive relationship? Check out warning signs below.
Remember, help is a phone call away: 1-800-323-HOPE (4673).
|CONTROL & INTIMIDATION||SEXUAL COERCION||PHYSICAL SIGNS OF ABUSE||KNOW THE CYCLE OF ABUSE|
|Limits your access to money.||Forces you to have sex, or perform sex acts, against your will.||Does your friend frequently miss work or cancel plans at the last minute?||Stage 1:
"The Honeymoon Phase" - relationship is strong and no abuse is taking place
|Constantly calls, texts or checks on you / your whereabouts.||Makes you feel as if sex is "owed" --because you're married or in a relationship.||Does your friend have unexplained - or far-fetched explanations for - bruises or injuries?||Stage 2:
Tension Builds - verbal abuse begins, victim tries to please abuser but tension continues to build
|Keeps you away from your friends and family.||Makes you afraid to say "no" to sex (fear of retribution / abuse).||Does your friend have prolonged bouts of anxiety, stress, fear or depression?||Stage 3:
Incident of Physical Abuse Occurs
|Belittles you, yells at you, or puts you down.||Relentlessly asks for sex / Badgers until you consent.||Does your friend abuse drugs or alcohol?||Stage 4:
Abuser apologizes, expresses guilt or makes excuses for bad behavior
|Makes you feel scared, anxious or uneasy when they're around.|
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