October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Domestic violence has become a far too common occurrence. It can happen in any relationship and at any time, it does not discriminate. Signs of domestic violence are usually overlooked, denied, and excused. There is no excuse for violence, and the only way to end domestic violence is through awareness. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, and sexual as well. Domestic violence is any situation in where you are physically harmed or injured, forced to participate in sexual activity that is unwanted, unsafe, or degrading, or diminished of self worth and self esteem. Abusers use tactics to gain control and power over their victims by making their victims feel bad about themselves, and may even use threats and intimidation. Victims usually begin to believe their abusers and they believe that they do not deserve anything else and nobody would want them.
There are warning signs of abuse. Consider these signs if you are concerned about your relationship or the relationship of someone you care about:
- Having a partner with a bad temper, or one who is jealous or possessive
- Being overly eager to please the abuser
- Checking in with abusive partner frequently to outline daily activities or confirm prior plans
- Frequent injuries and claiming of “accidents”
- Inconsistent attendance at work, school, or other social activities
- Excessive clothing or accessories to hide signs of physical abuse
- Low self-esteem and self-worth
- Limited access to friends, family, transportation, or money
- Depression, anxiety, or other personality changes
- Constant state of alertness that makes it difficult to relax or sleep
If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs or others that may indicate abuse, seek help from a professional. If you are not sure if you are being abused, ask someone. If you have questions about someone being abused, ask them. You may save yourself as well as someone else.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with a Licensed Mental Health Professional and find out what you should do next! (813)244-1251