Violence Against Women: Signs of Abuse

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Violence Against Women: Signs of Abuse

Women's Health
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Violence Against Women: Signs of Abuse
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Learn the signs of abuse and find out how to get help.
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It can be hard to know if you're being abused. You may think that your husband is allowed to make you have sex. That's not true. Forced sex is rape, no matter who does it. You may think that cruel or threatening words are not abuse. They are. And sometimes emotional abuse is a sign that a person will become physically violent.

Below is a list of possible signs of abuse. Some of these are illegal. All of them are wrong. You may be abused if your partner:

  • Monitors what you're doing all the time
  • Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful all the time
  • Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family, or going to work or school
  • Gets very angry during and after drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • Controls how you spend your money
  • Controls your use of needed medicines
  • Humiliates you in front of others
  • Decides things for you that you should be allowed to decide (like what to wear or eat)
  • Destroys your property or things that you care about
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets
  • Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
  • Uses or threatens to use a weapon against you
  • Forces you to have sex against your will
  • Blames you for his or her violent outbursts
  • Says things like, "If I can't have you then no one can."

If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.

To get immediate help and support call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. Both can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Go to womenshealth.gov for more information.

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Last updated September 26, 2012


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