• + What is Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is the use of physical, verbal, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial tactics to abuse a spouse/partner in order to maintain power and control over the partner/spouse.

    Domestic violence can be:

    • Physical
    • Sexual
    • Emotional/ Psychological/ Verbal
    • Financial

    If you or someone you know may be in a domestic violence situation, please call us at (956) 712-9590 or 1-877-SU-CASA-2 to talk to someone.

     

  • + Types of Abuse

    Abusers or perpetrators use a wide variety of abusive tactics. There are five general categories of abusive tactics:
     

    Physical Abuse

    Physical violence is partner abuse when it is intended to enhance the power and control of the abuser over the partner. Physical abuse may include:
    • Hitting
    • Kicking
    • Strangling
    • Slapping
    • Threatening to or using weapons
    • Throwing things 
    • Destroying property 

    Sexual Abuse

    Sexual abuse is any forced or coerced sexual act or behavior motivated to acquire power and control over the partner.  Sexual abuse may include:
    • Marital rape
    • Forcing sex after violence has occurred
    • Sabotaging methods of birth control
    • Attacks on sexual parts of the body
    • Being sexually demeaning

    Emotional/ Psychological/ Verbal Abuse

    Emotional abuse is any use of words, voice, weapons, action or lack of action meant to control, hurt or demean another person. This type of abuse may include:
    • Criticizing
    • Humiliating
    • Embarrassing
    • Isolating
    • Harassing
    • Making victim feel as if the abuse is her fault

    Financial Abuse

    Financial abuse is the use or misuse, without the partner’s freely given consent, of the financial or other monetary resources of the partner or of the partnership. Financial abuse may include:
    • Forbidding victim to work
    • Sabotaging work, school, or employment opportunities
    • Controlling how money is spent
    • Not allowing the victim to access financial resources
    • Stealing the victim’s identity or financial resources
    • Withholding funds for the family’s basic needs

     

  • + Red Flags

    Below is a list of possible signs of abuse.

    Some of these are illegal. All of them are wrong. You may be abused if your partner:

    • Monitors what you're doing all the time
    • Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful all the time
    • Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family
    • Prevents or discourages you from going to work or school
    • Gets very angry during and after drinking alcohol or using drugs
    • Controls how you spend your money
    • Controls your use of needed medicines
    • Decides things for you that you should be allowed to decide (like what to wear or eat)
    • Humiliates you in front of others
    • Destroys your property or things that you care about
    • Threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets
    • Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
    • Uses (or threatens to use) a weapon against you
    • Forces you to have sex against your will
    • Controls your birth control or insists that you get pregnant
    • Blames you for his or her violent outbursts
    • Threatens to harm himself or herself when upset with you
    • Says things like, "If I can't have you then no one can."

    If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.  If you would like someone to talk to, please call our hotline at (956) 712-9590 or 1-877-SU-CASA-2.

     

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    If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.  If you would like someone to talk to, please call our hotline at (956) 712-9590 or 1-877-SU-CASA-2.