The Mary Parrish Center For Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence
The Mary Parrish Center For Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

 

 

What Is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse where one partner in an intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence. Abuse comes in many forms:

Physical Kicking, punching, shoving, slapping, pushing, and any other acts which hurt your body.
Sexual Calling you vulgar names, criticizing your body parts or sensuality, forced or pressured sexual acts, including rape.
Emotional Assaults against your self-esteem.
Verbal Name-calling, threats, put-downs.
Psychological Causing you to feel as if you are "going crazy".
Spiritual Attacking your spiritual or religious beliefs.
Financial Controlling and manipulating you by threatening your economic status and basic needs.
Homophobic Threatening to "out" you to people who do not know your sexual orientation.
Immigration Using your immigration status and fear of deportation to control you.
Destructive Acts Actual or threatened assault of your property or pets to scare you.
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