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Can sexual harassment lead to domestic violence?

When you hear the term "domestic violence," chances are your thoughts are turned to stories you have heard about violent physical abuse. While this is true, domestic violence can be physical, as well as emotional, psychological and even sexual. If you are concerned about your partner's behavior in Los Angeles, it is imperative that you watch for the subtle signs of abuse so you can address them accordingly before your safety and well-being are compromised. 

According to Psychology Today, one of the most effective ways to tell if your partner is sexually abusing you is to listen and pay attention to how you feel. If you are feeling taken advantage of, hurt, shamed or disgusting, these are all signs that perhaps the contact you are experiencing is unwanted on your end. On the other hand, if you feel empowered, valued, recognized and safe, it is a positive indication that the contact is healthy and a sign of a productive relationship. 

If you feel coerced into behaving a certain way, your options are to remain silent and continue to be controlled or you can speak up and let your partner know that you are uncomfortable. Sometimes, speaking out may require the assistance of a professional if you are uncomfortable addressing issues with your relationship on your own. If your partner listens to your concerns and resolves to be better and you notice a visible change in his or her behavior, the relationship may be worth pursuing. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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