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Warning Signs


Domestic violence does not look the same in every relationship. Abusive partners use different tactics with the common goal of gaining and maintaining power and control. An abusive partner will often appear like the ideal partner at the start of a new relationship, and only later will abusive or controlling behaviors emerge or intensify. 

Does your partner… 

  • Embarrass you with put-downs or call you names? 
  • Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go? 
  • Tell you that you never do anything right?
  • Show extreme jealousy of your friends or anyone else you spend time with?
  • Stop you from leaving the house or seeing friends or family members? 
  • Steal your money or refuse to give you money for necessary expenses? 
  • Control finances in the household without discussion?
  • Prevent you from making your own decisions? 
  • Destroy your belongings?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your children, or your pets? 
  • Insult your parenting, or threaten to take away your children or pets?
  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or deny doing it?  
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives, or other weapons? 
  • Pressure you into using drugs or alcohol?
  • Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you? 
  • Pressure or coerce you into having sex? 
  • Discourage you from spending time with friends and family? 

Answering “yes” to any of these questions may indicate a red flag in your relationship. Please contact AWAIC’s trained advocates at (907) 272-0100 to explore your options.

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