What is Domestic Violence?

Domes­tic vio­lence, or abuse, is when one adult in the home phys­i­cally hurts or bul­lies another per­son or does things to make the other per­son feel bad.

There are dif­fer­ent forms of abuse:

Phys­i­cal abuse is when one adult hits, pushes, kicks or threat­ens to hurt another person.

Emo­tional abuse is when one adult repeat­edly puts down another or makes them feel bad or stu­pid, does not let them see their friends or fam­ily, yells at them or keeps them from doing things they like to do.

Ver­bal abuse is when one adult calls another names, yells, screams, tells another how to act or what to wear, or repeat­edly puts down another.

Finan­cial abuse is when one adult con­trols all the money for the household.

Remem­ber, you are not alone. It’s not your fault!


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