October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and there has never been a better time to get educated, take a stand, and commit to ending yours or someone you love’s abusive relationship. The facts are clear and shocking: the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) states that “more than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and approximately 7 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former intimate partner each year.” Think about that for just a second. 7. Million. Women.
Domestic abuse occurs on many levels and in many forms. It’s not always as simple as rape, sexual assault or being physically attacked. Domestic violence can include everything from battery to intimidation. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”
Signs Are Hard To Spot
You might think that if a friend or loved one was in an abusive relationship, you would know. And in an ideal world, that might be true. But in reality, victims of abuse can be very good at hiding their abusive situation, and if you don’t pay close attention to the red flags, you might miss a crucial opportunity to help a friend in need, or help yourself.
If you or someone you love is being abused, or if you suspect that a person in your life might be suffering from domestic violence, you need to take action. No one deserves to be abused, but if we all stay silent, these tragic (and often avoidable) situations will continue to occur and domestic abuse will thrive. While it may seem hopeless, especially if you are the person being targeted or harmed, there are things that you can do. There are red flags to look for, there are warning signs to observe, and there are steps to take to help end the abuse and seek help.
In honor of domestic violence awareness month, and in an effort to put an end to violence against women once and for all, here are 10 warning signs that every woman should know.
If A Partner Wants To Rush Into Things
While many women want a partner who is committed and intensely interested and loyal from the start, too much too soon is not necessarily a good thing. If a partner gets very serious very quickly, and wants to rush into a commitment or a more intense phase of your relationship, it could be a red flag that they might NOT have the most sincere motives and could be walking into an abusive relationship
If a partner is constantly making accusations that you are cheating, flirting with someone else or having an affair, it’s a big warning sign. A little jealously is OK, and is totally natural. But when it gets to be excessive and even irrational, and when they humiliate you because of that jealousy, then you have a problem on your hands.
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