As Domestic Violence Awareness month winds down, womenshealth.gov has taken steps to inform about the signs of abusive relationships.
Abuse is not only physical, but also includes psychological and emotional factors. Some signs that a relationship may be abusive are if your partner:
- Monitors what you’re doing all the time
- Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful all the time
- Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family
- Prevents or discourages you from going to work or school
- Destroys your property or things that you care about
- Threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets
For additional signs, and for information about what a healthy relationship is, visit womenshealth.gov.
It is also important to note that domestic violence does not only affect women; violence affects approximately 2 million men per year. It is also not unique to heterosexual relationships.
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at
800-799-7233, or locally the 24-hour crisis and information line at (509) 326-2255.