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What is Domestic Violence
A pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Types of Domestic Violence
- Physical: throwing objects, abandoning you in a dangerous place, driving recklessly to scare you, pushing, biting, kicking, slapping, punching, choking
- Sexual: being forced to do sexual acts that you don’t want to do, being forced to have sex when you’re sick or tired, being hurt with weapons or objects during sex
- Verbal: name calling, yelling and cursing, threats
- Emotional: being ridiculed for expressing yourself, isolating you from family and friends, forcing you to stop the things you love to do, feeling like you cannot express your feelings to your partner, intentional humiliation
- Economic: being told how to spend your money; being forced to give your money away
- Spiritual: being criticized on your religious beliefs; being told how or when to worship
Be Aware of Red Flags
- Wanted to know where you were every minute of the day ?
- Called or texted you on your cell phone all day long?
- Got upset if you didn’t answer or reply to their messages right away?
- Asked you questions about where you’ve been, who you’ve been with, what you’re doing, how long will be gone?
- Criticized you about how you look, what you’re wearing, how your hair is styled?
- Tried to make you feel badly about the choices you make?
- Tried try to make you question your own judgment… to make you feel “less than” or like something is wrong with you?
- They try to make you feel responsible for their feelings.
- They try to make you do things that you don’t want to do; they punish you if you don’t.
- They make threats to harm you, your family, your friends, your pets.
- They threaten to break up with you.
- They name-call.
- They embarrass or make fun of you in front of others.
- They try to isolate you from family and friends, both in real life and online.
- Severe mood swings
- Extreme jealousy
- Verbal threats in person or in emails
- Seeking financial control over you
- Makes false accusations about you or your friends
- Checking your email or computer to see who are communication with
- They apologize when they have hurt you but repeat the same behavior.
- Get to a safe place
- Call a friend or family member you trust
- Create a safety plan
- The Crime Victim Compensation program is a free program to assist you with items such
as relocation expenses and counseling. The University Counseling Center has partnered
with The Parris Foundation to have a Crime Victim Advocate assist you with the process.
- It is important to get counseling from a trusted professional, such as a counselor
at the University Counseling Center. You can contact us at 713-313-7804 to set up
- TSU Police- 713-313-7000
- University Counseling Center- 713-313-7804
- Crime Victim Compensation- 713-313-7804
- 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- Houston area women’s center: www.hawc.org
- Domestic violence hotline: 713-528-2121