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Are you being abused

What are Common Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship?

An abusive intimate partner relationship happens when two people enter into a relationship and one person attempts to have power over the other through the use of coercion, control, and intimidation, or through a pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to gain or maintain power and control over their partner.
Abusive behaviors can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:
  • Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
  • Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
  • Tries to isolate you from family or friends.
  • Monitors where you go, who you call and who you spend time with.
  • Does not want you to work.
  • Controls finances or refuses to share money.
  • Punishes you by withholding affection.
  • Expects you to ask permission.
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets.
  • Humiliates you in any way.
You may be in a physically abusive relationship if your partner has ever:
  • Damaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.)
  • Pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or choked you.
  • Abandoned you in a dangerous or unfamiliar place.
  • Scared you by driving recklessly.
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt you.
  • Forced you to leave your home.
  • Trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
  • Prevented you from calling police or seeking medical attention.
  • Hurt your children.
  • Used physical force in sexual situations.
  • You may be in a sexually abusive relationship if your partner:
    • Views women as objects and believes in rigid gender roles.
    • Accuses you of cheating or is often jealous of your outside relationships.
    • Wants you to dress in a sexual way.
    • Insults you in sexual ways or calls you sexual names.
    • Has ever forced or manipulated you into to having sex or performing sexual acts.
    • Held you down during sex.
    • Demanded sex when you were sick, tired or after beating you.
    • Hurt you with weapons or objects during sex.
    • Involved other people in sexual activities with you.
    • Ignored your feelings regarding sex.
    Am I Being Abused? Does your partner:
    • Embarrass you with 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 your friends or family members?
    • Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
    • Make all of the decisions?
    • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
    • Prevent you from working or attending school?
    • 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, choke you, or hit you?
    • Force you to try and drop charges?
    • Threaten to commit suicide?
    • Threaten to kill you?
    • Force you to participate in sexual activity?

    If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.
    Help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For support and more information please call Advocates for Family Peace 1-800-909-8336 or 218-326-0388 (after hours press extension #5). All calls are free and confidential. If you do not feel comfortable contacting someone locally please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.


    Itasca County Office
    Advocates for Family Peace
    1611 NW 4th Street
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    (Ph) 218-326-0388
    or 1-800-909-8336
    (Fax) 218-327-4052
    Virginia Office
    Advocates for Family Peace
    820 9th Street N, # 150
    Virginia MN, 55792
    (Ph) 218-248-5512
    NE St. Louis County Office
    Advocates for Family Peace
    302 E Howard St, # 127
    Hibbing, MN 55746
    (Ph) 218-263-8344
    or 1-800-909-8336
    (Fax) 218-440-1084