October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a large public health issue that impacts children, teens and adults. Abuse is a pattern of behavior used to gain power and control.
Physical abuse is any purposeful and unwanted contact. This can include:
- being hit,
- slammed into something, or
- being injured by an object or weapon
Emotional or verbal abuse includes:
- when a partner makes threats,
- insulting or humiliating their partner, or
- constantly monitoring or checking in on their partners.
These are just some of the ways that an abuser may try to gain control over their partner.
Learning the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship can help Virginians see red flags in their partners.
If you or someone you know needs help call the Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-838-8238 or the LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline, 1-800-356-6998. If you are not able to call you can text, 804.793.9999. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.