WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
It's a pattern of abusive behavior that is used to gain power and control over an intimate partner.
Pushing, hitting, kicking, burning, choking, slapping, using weapons or other objects to cause injury.
Forcing or coercing unwanted sexual acts, refusing to practice safer sex, treating a partner like a sex object, accuses you of cheating.
Destroying/ stealing property, denying money for basic needs such as food or medical care; interfering with a partner’s work or education.
Name-calling/put-downs; denying/shifting blame; treating a partner as an inferior; threatening to harm others/self or to reveal information that might be harmful; using threatening looks, actions, or gestures, isolating from loved ones.
Using misinterpretation of religious doctrines, traditions, or religious beliefs to justify harmful behavior towards another.
Monitoring activities, phone calls, or emails; following a partner; impersonating or questioning others about a partner. This may be done without the victim’s knowledge.