Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to gain power and control over another person through fear, threats, and violence.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used by someone to establish and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. This abusive behavior may include physical, emotional, economic, or sexual abuse.

•    Warning Signs of an abusive relationship.

Below you’ll find some examples of abusive behaviors. Many times these behaviors may be easily dismissed or downplayed, or abusers may apologize profusely for their actions. However, what may be perceived as harmless can escalate and intensify over time into control and abuse. Below you’ll find warning signs of abusive behavior.

1. Belittle you or call you names
2. Assert control over where you go or with whom you spend time.
3. Physically abusive
4. Blame you for their violent and abusive behavior
5. Threaten to take your children
6. Pressure or force you into unwanted sex
7. Use fear through looks or gestures to threaten or intimidate you
8. Prevent you from getting or keeping a job
9. Accuse you of cheating
10. Telling you that they can never do anything right

Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence, regardless of their age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status. If your partner has engaged in any of these abusive behaviors, call our 24-hour hotline at 865-982-1087 for immediate and confidential help.

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Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used by someone to establish and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. This abusive behavior may include physical, emotional, economic, or sexual abuse.

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