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Domestic Violence | People of Purpose and Associates

Domestic Violence

Facts about domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence involves a pattern of abusive behavior in intimate relationships or between family or household members where one partner tries to control or dominate the other. Abusive acts can be physical, verbal, emotional, financial, and sexual; abuse also can involve threats, destruction of property, and harm to pets. Victims are left feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. They – and their abusers – can be of any age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status.
  • Children in an abusive household believe that what they see at home is normal and many mimic the behavior. Some children feel as though their own behavior caused the violence; some resent and blame the abused parent for staying; still others are physically hurt in their efforts to come between the abuser and abused.
  • People stay in abusive relationships for many reasons: family, economical security, shared memories, religious beliefs, and a sense of commitment are difficult bonds to break. Many victims say that they want the abuse to stop, but they don’t want the relationship to end. Seeking help, getting a restraining order, or deciding to leave only make sense to a victim when it outweighs the overall risks s/he and their children have to deal with.
Warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.
  • Are you afraid to disagree with your partner because of his/her temper?
  • Do you make excuses to yourself or to others for your partner’s behavior?
  • Does your partner accuse you of flirting or cheating?
  • Does your partner destroy things that you care about?
  • Does your partner grab, pull, or push you and/or hit in places where the bruises won’t show?
  • Does your partner threaten to harm or kill you, your child, your pet, or your family?
  • Does your partner force you to have sex or do sexual things that make you feel uncomfortable?
  • Does your partner humiliate you in public or private?
  • Has your partner displayed a weapon or destroyed things to scare you?
  • Does your partner control the family finances and deny you money and/or credit cards?
  • Are you not allowed to have house or car keys of your own?
  • Does your partner make it difficult or impossible for you to go to work or school?
  • Has your partner manipulated you with “head games?”
  • Has your partner punished or deprived your children to get back at you?