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    Domestic Violence Checklist

    Domestic Violence

    Symptoms of Abuse - Threats; Power Misuse; and Control

    What symptoms below fit your life?

    Using Emotional Abuse
    • Putting the other person down
    • Making the other person feel bad about themselves
    • Calling the other person names
    • Making the other person think they are crazy
    • Playing mind games
    • Humiliating the other person
    • Making the other person feel guilty

    Using Privileges
    • Treating the other person like a servant
    • Making all the big decisions
    • Acting like the master of the castle
    • Being the one who determines the roles

    Using Economic Abuse
    • Preventing the other person from getting or keeping a job
    • Making the other person ask for money
    • Giving the other person an allowance
    • Taking the other person's money
    • Not letting the other person know about or have access to family income

    Using Coercion and Threats
    • Making or carrying out threats to do something to hurt the other person
    • Threatening to leave the other person, to commit suicide, report the other person to welfare
    • Making the other person drop charges
    • Making the other person do illegal things

    Using Intimidation
    • Making the other person afraid by using looks, gestures, or actions
    • Smashing things
    • Abusing pets
    • Displaying weapons

    Using Children
    • Making the other person feel guilty about the children
    • Using the children to relay messages
    • Using visitation to harass the other person
    • Threatening to take the children away

    Using Isolation
    • Controlling what the other person does, who they see and talk to, what's read, and where they go
    • Limiting their outside involvement
    • Using jealousy to justify actions

    Minimizing, Denying, Blaming
    • Making light of the abuse and not taking the other person's concerns about it seriously
    • Saying the abuse never happened
    • Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior
    • Saying the other person caused it


    Does your partner:

    Blame everyone else especially you, for his or her mistakes?
    Yes___ No___

    Prevent you from seeing your family or friends?
    Yes___ No___

    Curse you, say mean things, mock you or humiliate you?
    Yes___ No___

    Force you to have sex or force you to engage in sex that makes you feel uncomfortable?
    Yes___ No___

    Restrain, hit, punch, slap, or kick you?
    Yes___ No___

    Intimidate or threaten you?
    Yes___ No___

    Ever prevent you from leaving the house, getting a job, or continuing your education?
    Yes___ No___

    If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.
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