How do I know if I’m being abused?

Does your partner –

  • hit, punch, slap, kick, shove, strangle, or bite you?
  • threaten to hurt you or your children?
  • threaten to hurt friends or family members?
  • have sudden outbursts of anger or rage?
  • behave in an overly protective manner?
  • become jealous without reason?
  • prevent you from seeing family or friends?
  • prevent you from going where you want, when you want, with whomever you want, without repercussions?
  • prevent you from working or attending school or force you to work in jobs not of your choosing?
  • destroy personal property or sentimental items?
  • deny you access to family assets, such as bank accounts, credit cards, or car?
  • control all finances and force you to account for what you spend?
  • force you to have sex against your will or force you to engage in sexual acts you do not enjoy?
  • use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children?
  • humiliate or embarrass you in front of others?
  • abuse or threaten to abuse pets?
  • withhold medication or deny you access to health care?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be abused. You are not alone. You are not to blame. Help is available. Domestic violence is a crime.

For help, call 716-558-SAFE (7233).


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