What is Domestic and Sexual Violence / Signs of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Financial: Controlling all income and expenses, preventing a partner from working, or forcing clients to turn over their paychecks to the abuser, restricting access to financial accounts, limiting access to cash or credit cards, ruining a partners credit.
Physical: Hitting, slapping, pushing, biting, punching, kicking, restraining, choking, smothering, or strangulation. Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.
Psychological: Intimidating a person with threatening looks and behavior, stalking, monitoring by using technology, using spyware and location tracking devices, monitoring technology, posting false information about you on social media, isolation from friends and family, or attacking self-esteem by blaming, manipulating, criticizing, and humiliating.
Sexual: Manipulating or forcing a person to do something sexual or any coerced, non-consensual, and unwanted sexual behavior.
Verbal: Cursing/swearing, yelling, name-calling, criticizing thoughts or feelings, and put-downs.