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How do I Know if I’m Being Abused?
When a person is caught in the cycle of abuse, it may be difficult for that person to recognize or even admit that they are being abused. You could be experiencing family violence if your partner is:
hurting you physically
threatening to hurt you, your children, other family members or pets
forcing you to have sex or watch others have sex
constantly humiliating you, calling you names or insulting you
isolating you from your friends and family
monitoring your e-mails, phone calls and internet activity
denying your access to food, clothing, medication or other basic needs
controlling your finances
If you are being abused, you should know:
You do not deserve to be abused
You have a right to live without fear
You are not to blame for the violence or the threats
You have the right to a safe, healthy environment and healthy relationship
Abuse often gets worse over time
The littlest victims
Children who live in violent homes may grow up believing violence is part of a normal family relationship. These children often show the same signs as the abused adult. People in the community must pay attention when a child’s behaviour changes or appears unusual. It could be a sign of family violence.
Without help, abusive relationships only get WORSE.
Help is available
Contact one of the resources (see link below) for more information and find out how to create your own protection plan. If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who may be, call 1-877-977-0007.