textbox Although each situation is different, there are some common warning signs to look for, including, but not limited to, the behaviors listed below.

• Extreme jealousy
• Constant put-downs
• Telling you what to do
• Explosive temper
• Threats
• Possessiveness
• Big mood swings
• Making false accusations
• History of violence
• Preventing you from doing things you want to do
• Isolating you from family and friends
• Financial control

Check out this relationship warning signs CHECKLIST


Domestic Violence Statistics

Are you or someone you know involved in an abusive relationship?

Does your partner:

  • Constantly criticize you and your abilities as a spouse or partner, parent or employee?
  • Behave in an over-protective manner or become extremely jealous?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends or himself?
  • Prevent you from seeing family or friends?
  • Get suddenly angry or "lose his temper"?
  • Destroy personal property or throw things around?
  • Deny you access to family assets like bank accounts, credit cards, or the car, or control all finances and force you to account for what you spend?
  • Use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children? hit, punch, slap, kick, shove, choke or bite you?
  • Prevent you from going where you want to, when you want to, and with whomever you want to?
  • Make you have sex when you don't want to or do things sexually that you don't want to do?
  • Humiliate or embarrass you in front of other people?

It you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence. You are not to blame and you are not alone - millions of women and men are abused by their partners every year. Not all acts of domestic violence are violations of the law. In any case, you need not face domestic violence alone. You deserve help, and help is available.


Check out the following website for a full list of California Domestic Violence Shelter Hotline Numbers listed by county.




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