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Self-Assessment

peace doveAre you a victim of abuse?

If you're uncertain, the following questions could help you examine a partner's behavior.

Does your partner:

  • Threaten you or your loved ones?
  • Break your belongings?
  • Use guilt trips on you to have his own way?
  • Humiliate you in public or private?
  • Make you feel as if you should not go out with or contact friends and family?
  • Push, hit, choke or slap you?
  • Restrain you using force?
  • Apologize after being violent and yet repeat the behavior?
  • Blame you for his or her temper or behavior?
  • Wrongly accuse you of doing something?
  • Pressure or force you to have sex?
  • Ignore your feelings?
  • Withhold approval, appreciation or affection as punishment?
  • Continually criticize you, call you names and/or shout at you?
  • Abandon you in a dangerous place?

If your answer is "Yes" to one or more of the above, you may be involved in an abusive relationship. If you have concerns for yourself or someone you know, please contact the Abused Adult Resource Center for more information. Remember, the responsibility for the abusive behavior rests with the abuser. You cannot make another person emotionally or physically harm you, but you can hold him/her accountable.

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