October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Know the warning signs

physical_abuseEach day in Idaho alone, more than 500 victims and their children seek safety and services from community-based domestic violence programs. Between 2007 and 2012, 35,270 domestic violence incidents were reported to Idaho law enforcement, almost one-third of violent crime reported statewide. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s a great time to learn how to recognize and stop the cycle of violence. Continue reading

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Domestic Violence Awareness: Break the cycle

Each day in Idaho alone, more than 500 victims and their children seek safety and services from community-based domestic violence programs. Nationally, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s a great time to learn how to recognize and stop the cycle of violence.

So let’s define domestic violence.

It is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship used by one partner to gain or maintain power over the other partner. It is physical, sexual and psychological harm or even just the threat of it.

What are some of the common warning signs that your partner might become violent?

There are several warning signs, but the most obvious is a partner who physically hurts you in any way. Other red flags include when a significant other checks your cellphone or email without permission, constantly puts you down, is extremely jealous or insecure, has an explosive temper, controls all of your money, and tries to isolate you from family or friends.  Continue reading