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.