Domestic Violence FAQ's

Domestic violence is a dangerous thing and it's a scary thing as well, yet it happens to 1 in every 3 women. When an individual is not sure what constitutes domestic violence, they may not know that they can get help or deserve help. Below, you will find a domestic violence FAQ designed to clear up misconceptions and answer important questions.

Q. I'm afraid that I may be a victim of domestic violence. What are the signs of a spouse or partner who is abusive?

A. Typically, abusers follow a sort of ‘cycle' in their abuse. They will lash out at their partner and then feel bad for doing so. The aggressor may then promise to change, however soon enough its back to the same old abuse. There are many signs of an abusive person, but the following are the most common:

  • Sudden outbursts of anger when the aggressor is violent.
  • Frequent humiliation of the victim of the aggressor.
  • Control issues such as making the victim wear certain clothing or making the victim arrive back at a certain time of the day.
  • Frequent and humiliating name-calling of the victim

Although there are many more, if a person displays one or more of these signs frequently, he or she may be an abusive person.

Q. My ex boyfriend has been violent with me. We do not live together – is this considered domestic abuse?

A. If the victim has lived with the aggressor at one point or another, and the aggressor is violent or abusive toward the victim – it is domestic violence. Whether or not you live together now is not always the case. In the event of any violence toward you at all from any person, it is imperative that you contact the authorities so you can stay safe.

Q. I believe I am a victim of domestic abuse and I want to get away from my spouse. How do I receive help with this?

A. There are many ways that an individual who is dealing with domestic violence can be helped. Of course, calling the police is a great way to receive help – but in the event that you're unable to do that – there are other ways. The Domestic Violence Hotline will put you in contact with individuals who will help you plan an escape and find resources you will need when you leave your abuser. That number is 1-800-787-SAFE or 7233. Getting out of a relationship where domestic violence occurs can seem difficult and scary, but it is very possible and could also save your life.

Domestic violence is a problem that occurs within every state – without discrimination of gender, race, age or career. If you or anyone you know feels as though they may be a victim of domestic violence – the police or other authorities should be made aware immediately. Help should also be sought through the website above or local organizations.

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