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Learn About Abuse

Abuse is a complex and dynamic set of harmful and coercive behaviors exhibited by individuals in order to gain and then maintain power and control over another individual.

The information related to abuse is organized in the outline below.  Please click the headings below to learn more about abuse, including facts about abuse, myths about abuse, what to do if you suspect abuse and helpful links to outside organizations with more information about abuse.


Facts About Abuse

Definition of domestic abuse

Characteristics of domestic abuse

Forms of abuse

Why victims stay

The importance of safety planning

 

Myths About Abuse

Domestic abuse is a rare occurrence.

Domestic abuse is a private matter.

Domestic abuse does not occur in “normal” relationships.

The victim is somehow responsible for the abuse.


If You Suspect Abuse

Red flags of abuse in your own relationship

Questions to ask yourself

Warning signs of abuse in others

Questions to ask someone who may be in an abusive relationship

How to help others


Helpful Links About Abuse

 

Request an Educator

Please email any requests for one of our professional Educators to speak to your school, organization, or community group about the dynamics of domestic abuse, teen dating abuse or family violence to Ryan Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may text him at 469-247-5133 or leave a voicemail message at the Education and Prevention voicemail box at our Outreach Center at 469-969-7254 as well.

All Community Education and Prevention Presentations are free of charge.

Please leave as many details as possible such as your name, organization, contact information, dates requested and the topics you are intesersted in learning about, and he will contact you within 3 business days to discuss your needs and set up a customized presentation.

Thank you for supporting survivors of abuse in our community!

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