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Are you being abused?

 

Do you recognize any of the following signs in your life?

  • Are you afraid of your partner?
  • Are you afraid to disagree with your partner?
  • Do you frequently apologize for your partner's behavior?
  • Does your partner put you down, call you names, or humiliate you?
  • Do you have to account for your daily activities?
  • Have you ever been physically injured by your partner?
  • Has your partner ever threatened you?
  • Has your partner ever thrown anything at you or near you?
  • Do you avoid friends or family to avoid conflict?
  • Have you ever been forced to have sex against your will?
  • Does your partner prevent you from getting or keeping a job?
  • If you work, does your partner control the money?
  • Does your partner blame you for the abuse? For everything?

 

       If you recognize any of the symptoms of abuse, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Unfortunately, what is happening to you is very common. Although usually hidden, family violence and abuse occurs every 9 seconds in this country and affects people from all walks of life. Abuse can happen to anyone. Family violence is sometimes known as domestic violence and it is one of the most serious problems in our society today.

 

      There are resources and information available to help you break the cycle of violence in your life. In addition to domestic violence education, this website contains information to let you know how and where you can get help.

 

 

 

 CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

  • The couple may avoid being around others, often staying home or going out alone rather than in groups.
  • One person appears to do the decision making for both people.
  • Both people may avoid discussing how their relationship is going or may focus on the good qualities, avoiding discussing problem areas.
  • One person may be the scapegoat, being blamed for all the problems.
  • Abuse, such as yelling & name calling, may be openly observed and marks or bruises may be noticed on one person.
  • One person may exhibit jealously toward the other or may accuse the other of infidelity.
  • The couple may openly experience intense and sometimes violent arguments.
  • One person attempts to isolate the other from others and may sabotage friendships or other family relationships to prevent the significant other from receiving support.
  • One person may be quiet and not call attention to self ... unless told to do so by the significant other.
  • Communication appears unhealthy, ineffective and one-sided.
  • One person may begin to do something that the other person clearly does not want to do, such as engaging in sexual behavior.

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: 3 PHASES