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What are the signs that someone you know is being abused?

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Keep an eye out for things like:

  • Excuses for injuries
  • Personality changes, like low self-esteem in someone who was always confident
  • Constantly checking in with their partner
  • Never having money on hand
  • Overly worried about pleasing their partner
  • Skipping out on work, school, or social outings for no clear reason
  • Wearing clothes that don’t fit the season, like long sleeves in summer to cover bruises

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

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