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Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercion behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks as well as economic coercions, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. 

Myth Versus Fact

MYTH: Women who are beaten are 'lower class'.
FACT: Men who beat their wives are from every race, religion and economic background. 

MYTH: Spouse abuse is not a big problem.
FACT: In the United States a woman is beaten every 15 seconds. 

MYTH: It is a man's right and privilege to strike his wife.
FACT: Many people, both men and women, don't know it is AGAINST THE LAW TO HIT ASPOUSE! 

The following are signs that you may be experiencing Domestic Violence from your spouse, partner or significant other.Please contact COVE if you need help.

Using Intimidation:
  • Making her afraid by using looks, actions, gestures
  • Smashing things, destroying her property
  • Abusing pets
  • Displaying weapons
Using Emotional Abuse:
  • Putting her down
  • Making her feel bad about herself
  • Calling her names
  • Making her think she is crazy
  • Playing mind games
  • Humiliating her
  • Making her feel guilty
Using Isolation:
  • Controlling what she does, who she sees and talks to, what she reads, where she goes
  • Limiting her outside involvement
  • Using jealousy to justify actions
Minimizing, Denying and Blaming:
  • Making light of the abuse and not taking her concerns seriously
  • Saying the abuse didn't happen
  • Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior
  • Saying she caused it
Using Children:
  • Making her feel guilty about the children
  • Using the children to relay messages
  • Using visitation to harass her
  • Threatening to take children away
Using Male Privilege:
  • Treating her like a servant
  • Making all the big decisions
  • Acting like the "Master of the castle"
  • Being the one to define men and women's roles
Using Economic Abuse:
  • Preventing her from getting or keeping a job
  • Making her ask for money
  • Giving her an allowance
  • Taking her money
  • Not letting her know about or have access to family income
Using Coercion and Threats
  • Making and/or carrying out threats to do something to hurt her
  • Threatening to leave her, commit suicide, to report her to welfare
  • Making her drop charges
  • Making her do illegal things
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