Warning Signs of Abuse

What are some warning signs of an abusive relationship?

Domestic abuse is most easily recognized in its physical form. However, many other behaviors can constitute abuse — behaviors that leave no visible marks, but harm the victim emotionally or psychologically. Recognizing danger signs is often the first step towards safety. Has your intimate partner ever:

  • Beaten, bitten, kicked, punched, slapped or shaken you?
  • Strangled you?
  • Stalked you?
  • Continually criticized you?
  • Manipulated you?
  • Humiliated you?
  • Denied you financial resources?
  • Isolated you from family/friends?
  • Denied you medical attention or medication?
  • Threatened you with weapons?
  • Threatened you with beating or with being killed?
  • Threatened to commit suicide?
  • Threatened your family members and/or children?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship and should seek assistance.

Here are some resources for helpful information about abuse:

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://www.mcadv.org)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://www.ncadv.org)
Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (http://www.mscasa.org)
National Center for Victims of Crime (http://www.ncvc.org)
Women’s Law.org (http://www.WomensLaw.org)
Stalking Resource Center (http://www.ncvc.org/src/)
Battered Women’s Justice Project (http://www.bwjp.org)
American Bar Association (http://www.americanbar.org)
National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (http://law.lclark.edu)
Victim Law (http://www.victimlaw.info/victimlaw/)
Love is Respect (http://www.loveisrespect.org)
Love is not Abuse (http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/)

Human Trafficking Information:

Polaris Project (http://www.polarisproject.org)
Shared Hope International (http://www.sharedhope.org)
Tapestri (http://www.tapestri.org)