Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not discriminate between its victims. Men, women, and children of all ages, races, cultures, education levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds can become victims of domestic violence. It can happen to anyone involved in a relationship, whether they are married, living together, or just casually dating.


Domestic violence is used as a means of control by one partner over another in an intimate relationship. Behaviors that are typical in domestic violence cases are used as a way to arouse fear to prevent a partner from taking certain actions. Behaviors often include physical and/or emotional abuse, threats or actual instances of violence, economic deprivation, intimidation, and sexual assault. In some volatile relationships, one partner may experience all of these behaviors from the other partner who is engaged in domestic violence.

Since every relationship is different, domestic violence doesn’t look the same in all relationships. In many relationships, a partner may be charming, attentive, and supportive in the early stages of the relationship. Controlling and possessive behaviors don’t always appear right away, but show up and get more intense as the relationship grows.

There are many signs of domestic violence. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, it’s important to seek help through a friend, family member, counselor, or domestic violence attorney Tampa. Does your partner exhibit any of these behaviors?

* Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do
* Exhibits extremely jealous behavior
* Discourages or keeps you from seeing family and friends
* Verbally intimidates, threatens and insults you
* Physically pushes, grabs or hits you
* Destroys your personal property
* Threatens your friends, family members or pets with harm
* Verbally or physically threatens your children

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to get help right away. Domestic violence should be taken seriously, because it usually escalates over time. Many victims who wait or don’t seek help because they are afraid suffer serious injuries and even death at the hands of their abusive partner. If there are children in the home, they can suffer the same tragic consequences.