Signs of an Abusive Relationship
Domestic abuse, sometimes called battering, family abuse, or intimate partner abuse, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of abuse. Domestic abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Abusers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to gain and maintain power over their victims.
Domestic abuse occurs in same-sex relationships and men can be victims as well.
ARE YOU IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?
- Are you ever afraid of your partner?
- Does your partner threaten to hurt you?
- Does your partner control all the money?
- Has your partner ever pushed you or shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex?
- Does your partner stalk you or show up uninvited at your job or when you’re out with friends?
If you said yes to one or more of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic abuse.
You might feel hopeless, desperate, confused, and alone. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. You are not alone, and help is available in our county. Solutions Center is Fond du Lac County’s provider of domestic abuse services. Our advocates are compassionate and experienced, and can help you explore all your options.