Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is domestic violence awareness month.  It is a time to discuss the pain and suffering violence in relationships causes.  If we bring awareness to the forefront and discuss signs to look for and what we can do to help, we could bring a positive change to someone’s life.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself or a friend, relative, co-worker:

Does your partner:

  • Embarrass you with put-downs?
  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
  • Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?
  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
  • Take your money or paycheck, make you ask for money, or refuse to give you money?
  • Make all of the decisions?
  • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
  • Threaten to kill himself or herself?
  • Prevent you from working or going to school?
  • Act like the abuse is no big deal or is your fault, or even deny doing it?
  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives, or other weapons?
  • Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you?
  • Threaten to kill you?

If any of these things or other types of abuse are happening, you need to seek help. It’s important to know that you are not alone. The way your partner acts is not your fault and help is available.

If you think a friend, coworker, relative, or neighbor might be in an abusive relationship; be supportive, and let your friend know that you are there to listen and help.  Let them know that they are not alone and that help is available.

Domestic violence is not okay.  It is important to recognize the signs, to seek help, to formulate a plan and to get out of the relationship.  It is not easy but it can be done and YOU ARE WORTH IT.

Catholic Charities Regional Agency provides protective shelter to women and children affected by domestic violence at Christina House.  For more information, visit Christina House on our website.   There are many other resources available too.  Talk to someone to get those resources to you, you could save your life or the life of somebody else.

  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark