Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence

    If you’re a victim of domestic violence, you may feel confused — the abuse isn’t constant and it’s hard to understand how someone who was once gentle and loving could hurt you. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed. But the abuse isn’t your fault and you didn’t do anything to cause it. You may feel all alone, but you’re not. Domestic violence is actually one of today’s most serious health problems.

    Nearly a third of American women, or 31 percent, report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Abuse by a partner or spouse can include:

    • Physical violence
    • Sexual violence
    • Threats
    • Emotional abuse
    • Psychological abuse

    It happens in all communities. Victims are both women and men, gay and straight, of all ages, races and income levels.

    Signs of Abuse

    Signs of domestic violence aren’t always obvious. Use these questions to help you recognize some of the common ones.

    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. Take away medicines or birth control?
    • Give you gifts or apologize after the abuse occurs and promise that it will never happen again?

    Get Help

    Domestic violence is terrifying. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, know that:

    • You are not alone.
    • You are not to blame.
    • You do not deserve to be abused.
    • You have rights.
    • You can get help.

    The Anne Arundel Medical Center Abuse and Domestic Violence Program helps people who are living with intimate partner abuse. Our staff is trained to provide the compassion, support, guidance and resources you need to reclaim your life. We offer a weekly trauma recovery support group. Call us today for confidential, professional help. We’re here to listen. 443-481-1209

    If you’re in a life-threatening, emergency situation, call 911 or:

    410-222-6800 (24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline)

    800-799-SAFE (7233) (National Domestic Violence Hotline)

    Other resources include: