Domestic violence is a pattern of verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse between intimate partners as a way to obtain power and control. Domestic violence can occur in same-sex and heterosexual relationships and crosses all social, ethnic and economic boundaries.
Does your partner...
Constantly criticize you?
Control the money?
Have sudden mood changes?
Monitor activities and phone calls?
Keep you away from family and friends?
Accuse you of having affairs?
Destroy things you care about, like your family photos or clothes?
Hit you, then later deny it or blame it on you?
Threaten to kill you, him/herself, loved ones or pets?
Force you to have sex or hurt you sexually?
Stop you from seeing a doctor or take away medicines or birth control?
Give you gifts or apologize after the abuse occurs and promise that it will never happen again?
Anne Arundel Medical Center's Abuse and Domestic Violence Program offers professionally trained staff to help victims of domestic violence. To learn more, call 443-481-1209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an emergency, call 911 or:
410-222-6800 (24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline)
1-800-799-SAFE (National Domestic Violence Hotline)