11 Signs of Domestic Violence. Get Help, Get Out!

You deserve to be treated better than this!

You deserve to be treated better than this!

Physical Violence- using ones’ physical strength or presence to control someone

Behind closed doors many individuals struggle with an abusive partner. The longer you live that way the harder it is to get out and someone will definitely get hurt. This environment contributes to more low self-esteem. Tell someone if you are living this way. Make sure you have a safety plan if you decide to leave. Try couple’s counseling.

Below are 6 signs that you are in a physically abusive relationship.

1. Pushing or shoving

2. Slapping, grabbing, biting, kicking, spanking, hitting

3. Punching walls or doors, kicking or throwing objects

4. Holding down, twisting arms, banging head on floor,

5. Choking, pinning against wall, holding down, carrying her against her will

6. Forced sex

7. Breaking or tearing clothes and personal objects

8. Driving recklessly to scare

9. Kneeing, hair pulling, punching

10. Blocking exits or car, taking keys, taking money back or bank cards

11. Unplugging the phone

Not pretty things to read about but perhaps if you are reading this and you’re in a bad situation, you’ll tell someone.

You don’t deserve to be treated this way even if you’re confused and think you deserve it…

* You especially don’t want to engage in these behaviors in front of your children because it is completely damaging and life changing…

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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