EFFORTS define Domestic Violence as a pattern of abusive behaviors in a relationship from one partner to gain and/or maintain power. The Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or verbal acts or threats.
Many signs thought of or interpreted as caring, attentive, and romantic, are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Some examples Include:
INTRUSION:Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc.
ISOLATION: Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family.
POSSESSION AND JEALOUSY: Accuses you of flirting, having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing and make-up.
NEED FOR CONTROL: Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions.
UNKNOWN PASTS / NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN: Secretive about past relationships; refers to women with negative remarks, etc