Domestic Violence/Abuse can happen to anyone and it can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, threats or intimidation, or financial abuse. Domestic violence can happen with your spouse, a family member, a household member, your live-in partner, or a person you share a child in common with. Domestic violence is a crime. If domestic violence happens to you, call the police.
Warnings Signs of Domestic Violence
Below are some early warning signs you may be in an abusive relationship, according to The National Domestic Violence HOTLINE.
- Tells you that you can never do anything right
- Shows extreme jealousy of your friends and time spent away
- Insults, demeans or shames you with put-downs
- Controls every penny spent in the household
- Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you
- Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do
- Prevents you from making your own decisions
- Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children
- Destroys your property or threatens to hurt or kill your pets
- Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons
What to do if Domestic Violence Happens
If domestic violence happens to you, the first thing you should do is call the police immediately. The police will gain an understanding of what occurred. If a crime has occurred, the police will make an arrest. The police will offer the victim resources to get help and even offer a temporary protection order to the victim. The police will be able to answer and explain the process, should they make an arrest. If no crime occurred, the police will help you on a possible solution.
Domestic Violence Relations Court
Domestic Violence Hotline/Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
Phone: 216.229.2420 or 216.391.HELP (4357) for 24-hour help