WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Intimate partner violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior such as emotional or financial abuse. It is part of a systematic pattern of power and control committed by one intimate partner against another.
Domestic Violence is not a crime of passion, but escalating and predictable over time.
Patterns of controlling behavior start as early as middle school and are preventable.

Alarming Statistics

-Only 33% of teens in abusive relationships ever tell anyone.

-1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of violence by an intimate partner.

-Research shows that victims try to leave an average of nine times before they are finally able to escape. If the victim does escape and survive, most face many years of therapy to recover emotionally from the trauma they’ve suffered.

RED FLAGS OF POTENTIALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS: (this is just a sample of some)

-Demands access to your phone and social media

-Isolates you from friends and family

-Uses jealously to justify behavior

-Follows you or shows up unexpectedly at your dorm, class or job.

-Begins to criticize you or calls you names.

-Threatens to hurt you or hurt themselves.

-Not taking “no” for an answer

LOVE BOMBING - TACTICS USED TO POTENTIALLY CONTROL VICTIMS: (this is just a sample of some)

-Intense attention in the beginning

-Never-ending compliments

-Demanding commitment early on

-Disrespecting boundaries

-Mirroring your personality

-Showered with affection, gifts, and promises for the future

YWCA of Central Alabama Helpline

205-322-HURT ~(205-322-4878)

1-866-331-9474
Link to YWCA Domestic Violence page

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1-800-799-7233
Link to website

Live Chat:

Live chat:

Loveisrespect.org

Text: “loveis” to 1-866-331-9474
Link to website

Crisis Center

205-323-7777

RAPE Response 205-323-7273
SANE (Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner) 205-323-7273
Link to website
“Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”
(Romans 12:21)