How to Recognize Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, please consider contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Alternatively, this list of resources in California may be useful. Stay safe.

It's not always easy to recognize the signs of domestic violence. Today, we're examining what you should look for if you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive situation.

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Your Friend Doesn't Seem to Feel Comfortable Around Their Partner

A romantic partner should enhance someone's life, not make them feel uncomfortable. In abusive relationships, the victim/survivor often becomes uncomfortable around their partner, especially in public.

Pay attention to how your friend acts around their significant other. If they become withdrawn, don't speak up as much, or just generally seem less comfortable when they're with them, it could be a sign that something else is going on in the relationship.

Your Friend Appears Isolated

Abusers often begin the cycle of abuse by isolating their target from sources of support. This makes it easier for them to trap a survivor/victim in an unhealthy relationship where they don't feel that they can safely seek help.

If you have a friend who suddenly starts turning down opportunities to hang out and they often cite their partner as the reason why, keep an eye on the situation. If you notice your friend also appears to be suffering from financial abuse (never seems to have funds unless they're with their partner) or can't seem to go anywhere without their significant other, it may be a sign of abuse.

Your Friend Appears Bruised (or Tries to Cover up Marks)

Lastly, you want to keep an eye on areas where bruises commonly show up in abusive relationships, such as on the wrists, around the biceps and shoulders, and around the throat.

Victims/survivors may try and cover up bruises with makeup, but if you notice marks - especially if they look like fingers or fingertips - it may be time to have a discussion with your friend.

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