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?