Domestic violence is used for one purpose: to gain and maintain control. Through acts of verbal humiliation, intimidation, isolation, stalking, and physical harm, one person can systematically control another. For survivors, abuse is a dangerous game with impossible rules. Perpetrators of domestic violence often manipulate current or former intimate partners or other family members through learned behaviors. Verbal, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional – domestic violence isn’t always a singular action; often it’s a series of exploitative tactics that force survivors to act in undesirable ways or prevent them from doing what they want.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced domestic violence.

In the US, about 10 million people are physically abused each year.

50% of CASA Shelter residents are children.

DOES YOUR PARTNER CONTROL YOU BY CAUSING OR THREATENING TO

  • Monitor your calls, texts, or mail?
  • Keep you from friends or family?
  • “Out” you or belittle your identity?
  • Harm you, your loved ones or pets?
  • Harm themselves?
  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Prevent you from seeking medical treatment?
  • Force you to do something sexual that you don’t want to do?
  • Break your things?
  • Take your money, control how you spend it or prevent you from working?
  • Place blame on you for their harmful behavior?

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