Are you a victim?
Does Your partner...
- Embarrass you with bad manners and put-downs?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?
- Stop you from seeing or talking to friends or family?
- Take your money, make you ask for money, or refuse to give you money?
- Make all the decisions?
- Accuse you of being a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
- Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
- Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
- Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
- Shove you, slap you or hit you?
- Force you to drop charges?
- Threaten to kill you?
If you know someone who is being abused:
- Listen, and give emotional support and comfort.
- Let the person express how they feel, but do not pry for details.
- Don’t be judgmental or ask why they didn’t confide in you sooner.
- Reassure the person that whatever happened was not their fault.
- Let the victim make personal decisions about responding to the assault.
- Help the person secure a safe place to stay.
- Refer the person to community resources such as the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program and provide them with our Crisis Line telephone numbers:
-Charleston Area (304) 340-3549