Understanding Abuse

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is repeated acts of violence or abuse using power and control by one partner on another in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, family violence, and relationship abuse.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all genders, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Are you a victim of abuse?

You are in an abusive relationship if your partner or anyone in your family:

  •  Pushes you or hits you

  • Destroys your things

  • Hurts your children and pets or threatens to take them away

  • Threatens to hurt your family

  • Intimídates you with guns, knives, or other weapons

  • Threatens to kill you or commit suicide

  • Takes away your passport and visa, threatens to report you, or send you back

  • Forces you to engage in sex or sexual activities

  • Scares you by their looks, insulting or humiliating words, or anger

  • Embarrasses you, makes you feel worthless, stupid, or crazy

  • Controls what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go

  • Prevents you from seeing or talking to friends or family

  • Takes your money, makes you ask for money, or refuses to give you money

  • Forces you to lie to the police or in court

  • Makes you feel guilty for their abusive behavior

If you experience any of the above behaviors or you are confused about abuse, talk to someone. Don’t be silent.

 Call 1-888-8MAITRI [1-888-862-4874]

Your call will be confidential.