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What is domestic violence?

Find helpful information about identifying domestic violence.

Domestic violence/abuse can include

  • putting the person down or making the victim feel bad about themselves
  • playing mind-games and making the person feel they are stupid or going mad
  • enforced isolation from family or friends
  • trying to keep the person from getting a job or making them give up work
  • making the person ask for money or withholding money
  • actual or threatened physical harm
  • making another person do sexual things against their will
  • making someone afraid by smashing things and destroying things
  • making or carrying out threats to hurt someone emotionally - threatening to take the children away or commit suicide
  •  following the person, reading their texts and e-mails, checking their phone

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