Recognizing Domestic Abuse

"Stop Violence" written on paper next to a purple domestic abuse awareness ribbon.

Abuse can be difficult to spot, and often those suffering may not be able to see it, or may not want to admit it.

Domestic abuse or violence refers to abuse, whether physical, sexual, or emotional, from someone in your life. Often this abuse goes unreported due to fear or wanting to protect the abuser.

Sign of domestic abuse from a partner include:

  • Verbal abuse such as insulting, demeaning, or shaming you
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Preventing or discouraging you from spending time with family or friends
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Any physical violence or destruction of belongings

If you or someone you love are experiencing abuse, there are resources to help:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Available by phone, chat, or text at any time.

A list of local resources organized by state and territory.

The Department of Justice Domestic Violence homepage.

Information on Protecting Yourself and Your Children from Domestic Violence.

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