Updated: Sep 23, 2022
Domestic violence is not partial to any particular race, or age, or even lifestyle type; it can affect any family, anywhere. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been involved in a relationship that has included domestic violence.
26% of women and 15% of men who were victims of intimate partner violence have reported their first experience of domestic violence was before the age of 18.
Because everyone is different every relationship is unique and different, and especially in the beginning of a relationship it can be hard to spot, or easy to dismiss, the warning signs of domestic violence. But there are things you can do to protect yourself, and those around you, and knowing the warning signs is the first step. Some warning signs include:
Isolation from friends or family
Using insults, intimidation, or humiliation
Threatening or causing physical violence
Explosive temper or moodiness
Extreme jealousy, insecurity, or controlling behavior
Invasions of privacy; such as showing up unannounced in appropriate places
Abusing drugs or alcohol
Unwanted sexual advances or activity of any kind
Unexplained bruising or injuries to one partner
If you believe you or someone close to you is experiencing intimate partner violence please don't ignore the signs, speak up! Everyone, no matter what age, deserves to have a relationship free of violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-7233, is open 24/7 (you can call or text!). Please use this resource, or file a report with your local police if you need help.