Violence (Abusive Behavior) Prevention Tips

1. The affected person is not alone!

2. Something can, and should be done about the situation!

3. Information on how to get help is provided at the bottom of this Tip Sheet.

4. Does your partner insist on controlling all finances (by):

forcing you to explain everything you spend or take your money
not letting you use the family bank account, car, or credit card
preventing you from getting a job or going to school

5. Does your partner practice emotional and psychological control (by):

calling you names, “putting you down”, or constantly criticizing you and your abilities as a partner or parent
preventing you from going where you want to, with whom you want to, when you want to
embarrassing or humiliating you in front of others
showing weapons as a way of making you afraid, or threatening you with weapons
threatening to harm the children, or take them away
threatening to report you to the authorities for something you didn’t do

6. Does yout partner commit acts of physical violence (by):

pushing, grabbing, slapping, hitting, or choking you
forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to
forcing you to participate in sexual acts that you don’t want to
throwing things around or destroying personal property

If you checked more than three (3) boxes above, see a physician or talk with someone you trust to get help.

For additional information we refer you to the following sources:

The web sites of all of the above organizations can be reached directly through our Relevant Resources section.