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Common Signs of Abuse

It can be very difficult to acknowledge that you yourself, or someone you are close to, is experiencing relationship or family violence .

Abusers go to great lengths to control their victim, their interactions, and everyday life. Common indicators of abuse include:

Identifying abuse toward others

Knowing if someone you care about is in an abusive situation can be very difficult. But, there are some common warning signs:

Abusers are skilled at using power and control over their victims, which can make leaving the situation difficult and dangerous. One of the best ways to help someone in abusive situation is to listen to them and support them. Try to help the person you care about feel empowered. Leave the decision making up to them. Help them understand that they are not responsible for, nor do they deserve the abuse. Encourage them to seek the help of an advocate at their local domestic violence program.

Not sure if it’s abuse? Take our brief risk assessment to find out.

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