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Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Chinn & Associates has partnered with The Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl, Mississippi to bring you important information on Dealing with Domestic Abuse.

BATTERER

These are some characteristics common to perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • Extreme Jealousy
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Unpredictable Behavior
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Isolates Victim
  • Blames Others
  • Minimizes or Denies Abuse
  • Hypersensitive
  • Cruel to Children or Animals
  • Uses Force During Sex
  • Verbally Abusive
  • Sudden Mood Swings
  • Past History of Battering
  • Threatens Violence
  • Breaks or Strikes Objects
  • Uses Force During an Argument

VICTIM

Victims often display these characteristics. The longer the abuse continues, the more extreme these characteristics become.

  • Physical Signs of Injury
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Isolated From Family & Friends
  • Blames Self
  • Suffers from Anxiety
  • Abusive Toward Others
  • Neglects Self or Children
  • Feels Hopeless
  • Makes Excuses for Batterer
  • Suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Medicates With Drugs or Alcohol

RECOMMENDED READING

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
by Lundy Bancroft

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond
by Patricia Evans

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition
by Robert M. Sapolsky

The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing
by Beverly Engel

The Battered Woman Syndrome, Third Edition (FOCUS ON WOMEN)
by Lenore E. A. Walker EdD