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          Are You Being Abused?

          March 20, 2009

          You are being emotionally abused 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 even so far as to eliminate your job.
          • Monitors you excessively.
          • Controls you with money.
          • Punishes you by withholding affection.
          • Expects you to ask permission.
          • Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family, your pets or himself.
          • Humiliates you in any way.

          You are being physically abused if your partner has:

          • Damaged property when angry
          • 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 are being sexually abused 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.
          • 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.
          • Involved other people in sexual activities with you.
          • Ignored your feelings regarding sex.


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