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May 14, 2012

Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse

To help identify domestic violence, the following indicators are listed. Any single characteristic is not a sign of trouble, but several combined would be grounds for further investigation.

The abused woman:
  • shows guilt, ambivalence, and fear over living conditions.
  • feels isolated and untrusting of others, even though she may be involved in the community.
  • is emotionally and economically dependent.
  • has a poor self-concept (this may not have been true BEFORE the relationship).
  • has observed other women in her family being abused or may have been abused as a child.
  • feels angry, embarrassed, and ashamed.
  • is fearful of being insane.
  • has learned to feel helpless and feels powerless.
  • has unexplained injuries that may go untreated.
The abusive man:
  • shows extreme jealousy and wants to keep the woman isolated.
  • has an inability to cope with stress and shows a lack of impulse control. (This may not necessarily appear outside the home)
  • has a poor self-image and blames others for problems.
  • shows severe mood swings.
  • may have a history of abuse in his own family and may have been abusive in courtship.
  • presents a history of personal and/or family discord; unemployment, cruelty to animals, abuse of alcohol or other substances, and other unexplained behavior.

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