One in four women are victims of domestic violence in the U.S. and it can affect anyone regardless of their education, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity etc. The brutal reality is that there is probably someone close to you who feels too ashamed or afraid to ask for help and they are suffering in silence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month has begun and
we want you to help end this epidemic. How do you do that? One way is learning to recognize the warning signs of abusive behavior:
1. Victims may have to checkin with their abuser and report on what they are doing.
2. Have limited visits/communication with loved ones and friends
3. Lack of privacy Bombarded with phone calls from the abuser
4. Change their style of dress to appease the abuser
5. Discuss abuser’s temper, possessiveness, jealousy
6. Is fearful, nervous, timid or exhibits personality changes
7. Tries to cover injuries with makeup, accessories or clothing
8. Limited access to financial resources/funds and spending is monitored by abuser
9. Provides excuses for the abusers behavior that appears unwarranted
10. Gaslighting or victim’s reality is distorted to create doubt