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Domestic Abuse and Violence
Domestic abuse includes mental and sexual abuse, too, besides physical. Domestic abuse and violence can happen to anyone in a family or between couples. However, it is essential to recognize the signs and seek help. Domestic violence can occur against anyone, and anyone can be an abuser.
Signs of Domestic Abuse And Violence
Abuse can be of different kinds, but they all revolve around the abuser exercising power and control over the abused.
How to Identify Emotional Abuse?
The person belittles or tries to put you down, blaming, abusing, or arguing while denying the abuse altogether. They are isolating you from your social circle to the extent of barring you from meeting family members. Moreover, they will make unreasonable demands to attract your attention. They will tell you what to wear, where to go, who to see, and what to think—controlling your finance and monitoring your social media profiles. Also, they will accuse you of flirting and will use GPS locators to track down your activities.
How to Identify Physical Abuse?
Your partner will try to hurt you in various ways. It can be through slapping, hurting, pinching, pushing, or shoving you. He can even attempt to burn, bite or kick you. He can take extreme steps like choking or holding you down.
How to Identify Sexual Abuse?
Do you change your behavior because you are afraid of him and his undue pressure? You can identify this form if your partner is touching you in ways you don’t like or making unwanted sexual demands. Is sex hurtful to you while also experiencing pressure to have unsafe sex (not using a condom)? If your partner is having sex with you without your consent, this is rape.
How to Help a Friend in an Abused Relationship?
If you know your friend is subject to domestic abuse and violence, let them know you have spotted something wrong. If they aren’t ready to talk, wait for the right time when they can. Listen to them while ensuring not to blame them. Be ready to help them in whichever way you can.