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“Domestic violence – the warning signs
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Common abusive behaviours set out in Power and Control:

• Jealousy and possessiveness.

• Humiliating and insulting you in front of others.

• Sabotaging your relationship with friends and family.

• Sudden changes of mood – charming one minute and abusive the next.

• Monitoring your movements, insisting on time limits when you do things, checking your phone, social networks and spending.

• Controlling what you wear and eat (so subtly, you don’t see it happening).

• Blaming you for the abuse (“I’m not like this with anyone else!” “You make me like this.”)

• Expecting you to have sex when you don’t want to, including when you’re ill or asleep.

• Damaging your treasured possessions.

• Harming or threatening to harm family pets.

• Driving recklessly to frighten you.

• Threatening to kidnap or get custody of the children if you leave.

• Telling you you’re useless and could never cope without him.

• Dominating how you feel – whether that’s happy, afraid or frightened. Having the power to make you constantly change your behaviour to avoid his “displeasure”.”


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