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Are You in Danger?

A violent partner is dangerous. If you are in an abusive relationship, get out.

Photo of Sad Woman Forms of Abuse
  • Physical -- actions which cause physical pain or injury, such as kicking, pushing, or punching
  • Emotional -- actions which cause loss of self-esteem, such as name calling, swearing, or criticizing
  • Psychological -- actions which create fear, such as isolation or threats
  • Sexual -- acts of a sexual nature that are unwelcome or uncomfortable
Behaviors characteristic of abusive partners
  • Jealousy
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Isolation
  • Blames Others for Problems
  • Blames Others for Feelings
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Cruelty to Animals or Children
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Rigid Sex Roles
  • Jekyll and Hyde Personality
  • Past Battering
  • Threats of Violence
  • Breaking or Striking Objects
  • Use of Force During an Argument
  • Constantly checking up on partner
  • Forces sex on partner

Relationship Rights

I have the right to:
  • Be treated with respect
  • My own body, thoughts, opinions, and property
  • Have my needs be as important as my partner's
  • Not take responsibility for my partner's behavior
  • Keep my friends
  • Grow as an individual
  • Change my mind
  • Determine how much time I want to spend with my partner
  • Pay my own way
  • Assert myself
  • Not be abused physically, emotionally, psychologically, or sexually
  • Break-up, fall out of love, and leave a relationship
What Victims of Domestic Violence Need to Know
  • The abuse is not your fault
  • You don't deserve to be abused
  • You can't change someone who is abusive
  • Staying in the relationship won't stop the abuse
  • Over time the abuse always gets worse
  • If you stay, make a plan to keep yourself safe when the abuse happens again

If you are in an abusive relationship, find a friend of relative you can trust and tell him or her about it. Call your local community center, or contact a national organization that can link you to a local affiliate.

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No Safe Place: Violence Against Women is made possible in part by a grant from the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. The documentary is a production of public television station KUED in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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