Do you ever experience this?
A partner who….
tells you they love you, but puts you down
makes you feel bad about yourself
says it’s your fault if they get angry
makes you feel crazy or afraid
keeps you from seeing your friends or family
is jealous and possessive
forces or pressures you to drink or take drugs
destroys your personal belongings or talks about it
promises to change, but the abuse keeps happening
drives fast or recklessly to frighten you when you’re in the car
controls your finances, makes you account for every penny spent
threatens you or your children
hurts your pet or talks about it
threatens, slaps, shoves, hits or restrains you against your will
emotionally or physically forces you to have sex or unprotected sex
threatens you with weapons
If you experience any of these things,
remember that help is available.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE
Do you ever think…
it was your fault the violence or abuse happened?
the abuse happened a long time ago, so why talk about it now?
there was no intercourse, so it was not really sexualized assault?
you are the only one this person ever abused?
How you may feel…
Each woman has her own response to violence and abuse. Some commone responses for survivors are:
shame, guilt, self-blame
fear and anxiety
sleeping and eating disruptions
feelings of powerlessness