What are the signs of domestic abuse?

If a woman is forced to change her behavior because she is frightened of her partner then she is being abused... If she is experiencing any of the following then it’s likely that she’s being abused:

  • Is he jealous and possessive

  • Does he cut her off from family and friends and try to isolate her?

  • Is he charming one minute and abusive the next? Does he have sudden changes of mood  – like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

  • Does he control her life – for example, her money, who she should see, what she should wear?

  • Does he monitor her movements?

  • Does he blame her for the abuse?

  • Does he humiliate or insult her in front of others?

  • Does he verbally abuse her?

  • Does he constantly criticise her?

  • Does he use anger and intimidation to frighten her and make her comply with his demands?

  • Does he tell her she’s useless and couldn’t cope without him?

  • Has he threatened to hurt her or people close to her if she leaves?

  • Does she change her behaviour to avoid making him angry?

  • Does he force her to have sex when she doesn’t want to?

If you are in immediate danger please call 911 immediately. If you are trying to leave your abuser, need help finding a shelter, or would like more resources please contact:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233