Domestic violence is not always easy to recognize—for a variety of reasons. First, it’s not always violent, and it can include a variety of behaviors that come on gradually and may not be obvious at first.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to explain how domestic violence refers to a variety of behaviors where one partner within an intimate relationship tries to exert power or control over the other. These behaviors can take many forms, including:
- Physical, like slapping, punching, or kicking.
- Psychological, like isolating the partner from friends or family or humiliating or belittling them.
- Financial, like limiting the partner’s access to working, spending, or going to school.
Here are a few additional resources to help support those who may be experiencing domestic violence:
- Safety Planning: This resource from the Domestic Violence Resource Center Provides excellent information on how to stay safe in a variety of situations.
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence | Get help and support, or take action and learn how you can help others.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call, text, or chat if you are in a domestic violence situation and need help.
If you recognize these behaviors, it’s important to reach out to a trusted family member or friend for emotional support. Your Assistance Program can also provide additional support.