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How to Identify and Respond to Domestic Violence in Your Marriage

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

There is a difference between a marriage that is hard or disappointing and one that is destructive. Conflicts in marriage are not the same as domestic violence. Every close relationship has arguments, which is why it's important to know how to solve them. Domestic violence, on the other hand, has no place in a healthy relationship, whether the two people are dating, engaged, or married.

Domestic violence doesn't only happen between a husband and wife; it can happen in any close relationship between two people. Abuse in the home can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Abuse can be defined as a pattern of actions that is used to control, scare, or force a partner to do something or act a certain way.

It's important to get help if you're in a relationship with someone who treats you badly. Domestic violence can hurt your physical and mental health for a long time. You need to know that abuse is never okay, no matter what the reason. 

If you are being abused, you might feel scared, alone, or like you can't do anything. You might even think it's your fault or that you deserve the bad treatment. But no matter what, violence at home is never okay. No one has the right to hurt you. You deserve to be treated with love and respect.

Help is available. You can get help in your community or by calling a national domestic violence hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are things you can do to help someone you know who might be in an abusive relationship. You can offer help and resources, but it's up to the person to get help. You can't force someone to leave an abusive relationship, but you can be there for them if they decide to get help.

Don't ignore domestic violence or act like it's not happening if you see it. It's important to help out if you can and get involved. Don't be afraid to say something if you see someone being hurt. You might be the only one who knows how to help.

Get help right away if you or someone you know is being abused.

So, how do you know if your partner is abusive?

There are many physical, emotional, and financial signs of abuse. Here are several examples: 

  1. Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair-pulling, punching, kicking, burning, or using a weapon on you. Sex against your will, He is using a weapon to hurt you or trying to hurt you with a weapon, Your partner says he'll hurt or kill you, Trying to hurt your kids

  2. Emotional Abuse: Insulting, calling you names, shaming, humiliating, threatening, criticizing, making fun of, blaming, accusing, and "gaslighting" you are all forms of abuse, He separates you from your family and friends, Choosing everything you do and deciding where you go, who you see, what you wear, and what you eat. Keeps an eye on your social media, texts, and calls, If you try to leave, they say they will hurt themselves or actually do it.

  3. Financial abuse: Taking care of all the money and making all the money decisions, Giving you money or keeping it from you making you ask for money or not letting you get it. You can't work or you can only work a certain number of hours. Making you give up your paychecks 

If any of these things happen to you, you should get help. Abuse is never okay, no matter what.

Love shouldn't hurt people. The most important parts of a healthy relationship are respect, communication, and trust. Get help if you are in a relationship where you are being hurt. You deserve better.

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