Domestic Abuse: It's Complicated
Domestic abuse is one partner's way of
controlling the other through threats and fear. It can be verbal, emotional,
mental, or physical. It affects people who are married, living together, dating
or divorced, and from all income levels, social, racial, religious, and ethnic
groups. Domestic abuse occurs regardless of sexual orientation. Although it can
happen to anyone, women are at a much higher risk.
Does Your Partner . . .
Insist on knowing where you are all
the time? Keep you from seeing family, friends, and / or control how your
money is spent?
Hurt, shame, or embarrass you in front
of other or your children?
Hit or threaten to hit you or your
children, throw or smash things, hurt your pets, use certain looks to
Force you to have sex or do sexual
acts that you don't want to do?
If you find yourself saying yes to any of
these, you are not alone. DOVE is available, offering crisis intervention and
referrals to shelters / safe homes, legal services and many other community
Department of Social Work
Columbia Presbyterian Center