Crime Types

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence:

The  intentional intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior, which causes physical or emotional harm.  A  systematic pattern to gain  power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. This includes physical violence, sexual violence, and emotional abuse.

 15 Warning Signs:

  1.  Pushes for a quick involvement: “I’ve never loved anyone like this before”
  2. Jealousy:  Excessively possessive, calling, texting, popping up where you are unexpectedly, questioning you who you with, where are you?
  3. Controlling: Interrogates you on your whereabouts, who talking to; how you dress; controls the money, wants you to ask permission to go anywhere.
  4. Isolation: Limits your contact with family, friends, in person or on social media, prevents you from working.
  5. Verbal Abuse: Criticizes you constantly, name calling, putting you down.
  6. Threats of Violence: “I’ll kick your ass; you will pay dearly
  7. Blames others for Mistakes: It is always someone else’s fault when things don’t go their way.
  8. Sudden Mood Swing: goes from loving to explosively violent behavior.
  9. Make Everyone Else Responsible for Their Feelings: You make me angry; You make me act this way, You hurt me when you don’t do what I ask.
  10. Hypersensitive: Carries on about injustices of everyday life.
  11. Playful Use of Force During Sex: Enjoys throwing you down or you holding you down against your will during sex.
  12. Rigid Sex Roles: “Serve, honor and obey”
  13. Unrealistic Expectations: Expects you to be perfect in every way according to their standards.
  14. Past Battering: Admits to hitting partners in the past but justifies the abuse.
  15. Cruelty to Animals and to Children: Punish or kills animals; Expects children to do things beyond their ability or teases them until they cry.

* If you answered yes to three or more of these behaviors, indicates your partner is a potential batterer.