Are You a WITNESS?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about the things that matter.” ~ ML King



What do you do if you think your friend or family member is an abusive relationship, but you’re not sure? Go with your instincts – you probably wouldn’t be concerned without reason. Here are some signs to look for that might indicate an abuse relationship:

1. When your friend and their partner are together, the partner acts very controlling and puts your friend down in front of other people.

2. The partner acts extremely jealous of other people who pay attention to your friend.

3. Your friend becomes quiet when their partner is around and seems afraid of making them angry.

4. Your friend stops seeing friends and family members, becoming more and more isolated.

5. Your friend often cancels plans at the last minute.

6. The partner becomes controlling of your friend’s finances, behavior and who your friend socializes with.

7. You see the partner violently lose their temper, striking or breaking objects.

8. Your friend often has unexplained injuries, or the explanations they offer don’t quite add up. (Bruises aren’t always visible as batterers tend to target their blows to areas concealed by clothing.)

9. Your friend has casually mentioned their partner’s violent behavior but laughed it off as a joke.

10. Your friend’s child is often upset or very quiet and withdrawn and won’t say why.

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