Domestic Violence and Abuse
Sexual and intimate partner abuse is a worldwide epidemic, domestic violence affects all genders but an estimated 1 out of 3 women will experience it at some point during their lives.
If you are a victim, it is never your fault. There is no rhyme or reason to abuse, you deserve respect.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Myths
Economic abuse is a form of DV where the abuser restricts access to funds. Lack of financial resources is a very common reason many people stay in abusive relationships. But there are free options, even free therapy, that can help.
"One of the worst fights broke out when I purchased tomatoes from a slightly more expensive store than the one he told me to go to. He stood in the doorway of the living room, repeating the same phrase over and over: 'I pay your life! Why didn’t you learn the first or second time?'
"I attempted to respond, but he barked at me to stop ranting and pulled me towards the kitchen."
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