Domestic violence is often a quiet killer. Men, women and children find it difficult to admit when they are in a dangerous relationship.
Some of the signs of domestic violence may include:
Cursing or name calling
Verbal threats of death
Tortures or kills animals
Is jealous and possessive
Tells you what to wear
If you are in a violent relationship and are planning to continue living with your abuser you may want to seek the help of a counselor or domestic violence center. You need to tell someone about the abuse, have an escape plan and teach your children how to escape and get help.
CALL 1-800-500-1119 if you are in Florida, there are people who want to help you!
The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233.
Living without violence may sound like an easy decision to make, but it is not. In reality, getting out of any relationship is leaving your familiar surroundings. Even if those surroundings are dangerous for you and your children, there is a sense of contentment found in the familiarity of it all. Change is difficult and stressful for everyone. It can be even harder for someone who has been controlled and likely lacks the means to escape on their own.
Domestic abuse is unpredictable, so it is important to have a plan in place should the need to get out NOW arise. Keep a bag packed and store it at with someone you trust. Someone who will keep it hidden and not tell your abuser. In the bag you want to have copies of your and your children’s identification, proof of income, extra medications, money, school record, insurance information and an extra checkbook. A domestic violence center, such as Micah’s Place in Nassau county, Florida, is prepared to help you with the rest while you learn to live the life you deserve, without the threat of violent physical, emotional and verbal attacks.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 911 first!
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