Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person in a relationship to maintain power and control over another. The signs aren’t just physical. Bruises and broken bones are easier to spot but domestic violence can also involve:
This can be smashing things, making you feel threatened, abusing pets, or displaying weapons.
Coercion and threats:
This can involve threatening to leave, making you drop charges, or threatening suicide.
This may be taking your money, not letting you have a job, or giving you an allowance.
This can include using your children to harass you or carry messages, threatening to take them away or report you, or making you feel guilty about the welfare of your kids.
Keeping you away from family and friends, controlling what you do and who you see, and using jealousy to justify actions are all signs of attempted isolation.
Putting you down, making you feel bad about yourself, playing mind games, and trying to make you think you are crazy are all emotional abuse.