Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

  • Does your partner tease you in a hurtful way, make fun of you, or call you names?
  • Is your partner jealous of your friends, family, or co-workers?
  • Does your partner get angry about the clothes you wear or the way you style your hair?
  • Does your partner check up on you by calling, driving by, or getting someone else to?
  • Does your partner insist on knowing who you talk to on the phone?
  • Does your partner blame you for his/her bad moods?
  • Does your partner get angry so easily that you feel like you are "walking on eggshells"?
  • Does your partner hit walls, drive dangerously, or do other things to scare you?
  • Does your partner often drink or use drugs?
  • Does your partner insist that you drink or use drugs with him/her?
  • Have you lost friends or no longer see family members because of your partner?
  • Does your partner accuse you of being interested in someone else?
  • Does your partner get drunk or high in order to punish you?
  • Does your partner force you to have sex when, or in ways that you do not want to?
  • Does your partner challenge you to prove your love and loyalty?
  • Does your partner use "playful" force during sex?
  • Does your partner threaten to kill you or himself/herself if you leave?
  • Is your partner like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", acting one way in front of people and another way when you are alone?
  • Does your partner ever hit, kick, push, or injure you in any way?
  • Does your partner ever use, or threaten to use, weapons/objects against you?
  • Does your partner control what you do and who you see in a way that interferes with your work, education, or other activities?
  • Does your partner steal or destroy your belongings?
  • Does your partner constantly criticize you, call you names, or put you down?
  • Does your partner threaten to hurt you or others?
  • Does your partner threaten to disclose private, personal information about you?
  • Does your partner deny your basic needs; such as food, clothing, housing, or medical assistance?
  • Does your partner try to make others responsible for his or her feelings?
  • Is your partner hypersensitive and easily insulted?
  • Does your partner display sudden mood swings?
  • Does your partner display cruelty to animals or children?
  • Does your partner admit to past violent behavior?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk for an abusive relationship, or in an abusive relationship. We recommend that you speak with a domestic violence counselor about your "yes" answers. Here are some phone numbers for domestic violence hotlines. You may remain anonymous.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • Harbour House: 1-800-892-2849
  • Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties: 352-787-1379

Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects millions of people every year. It can happen to anyone...regardless of race, age, educational level, marital status, religion, or physical condition. If your partner is abusing you, you may feel confused, afraid, angry, and/or trapped. These emotions are normal responses to abuse. You may also blame yourself for what is happening. No matter what others say, you're never responsible for your partner's abusive actions. Batterers choose to be abusive; No-one deserves to be battered.


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