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What is intimate-partner violence?

Ileen Craven
Nursing

Intimate-partner violence has many names which include domestic violence and domestic abuse. The word violence, in itself, is an interesting choice of terminology because many healthcare professionals now recognize that violence is not just physical, but can be emotional (mental abuse).

You do not have to be married to be involved in a relationship that causes intimate-partner violence. You can be living with someone or just dating. NEVER should anyone who says they care about you be a source of pain, whether it be physical or mental. Love is healthy, not unhealthy.

If you are having difficulty in a relationship go to a close friend or family member. If you can't find someone you can confide it which can include a member of the clergy or a domestic abuse hotline.

If you are involved in a violent relationship know the signs of when you should get out. And if you need to leave immediately don't worry about taking anything with you. Material things can be replaced.

Stay strong, don't let anyone convince you that when they abuse you in any way it is YOUR faulty. Domestic violence is all about control and power and the person who has issues is your partner. You can overcome anything and become a survivor, not a victim.

For more information please contact the Domestic Abuse Hotline: www.thehotline.org. If you feel your computer usage may be monitored by your partner try to find a safer computer (re: library) or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Remember, you are a survivor!

 

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