Being in an abusive relationship is already a difficult and dangerous situation. Alcohol and/or drug abuse only make matters worse, but using them doesn’t excuse violence or abuse.
For people in abusive relationships, the biggest threat to their identity and personal information could be their abusive partner.
When creating a safety plan, emphasis is often placed on planning around physical safety, but it’s important to consider your emotional safety as well.
At the Hotline, we’re here to help you find resources and discuss your options if you are in an abusive relationship. For some victims, those options include taking legal action against their abusive partners.
Abusive partners exert power and control over their significant others through many different tactics — and unfortunately, using children can become a tactic.
In many cases, victims of domestic violence may try to take their pets with them when they are able to leave the relationship, but find that their local domestic violence shelters do not accept pets. Fortunately, this is changing, and shelters for domestic violence and abuse victims are beginning to create spaces for pets.
At the Hotline, we know that domestic violence can affect anyone – including men.
While there’s no consensus on whether or not abusive partners can truly change, we know that some people do, but only when they genuinely want to change and devote themselves to doing so.
As we’ve been discussing in our Behind the Screens series, mobile devices and computers can become tools for an abusive partner to manipulate, control, and shame a victim. They can also be used to spy.
Gaslighting is an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts, and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power.