Domestic Violence - Warning Signs and Symptoms

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What are the warning signs and symptoms of intimate partner abuse?

PsychCentral provides a list of several screening questions for people who wonder if they are the victim of any form of domestic abuse. In addition to asking questions about whether the reader feels excessively controlled (such as having their partner keep excessive track of daily activities and associations, or being demeaned by critical remarks, insults and name calling), the list of questions further explores whether more obvious acts of abuse have occurred, like kicking, punching, or throwing objects. The acronym AARDVARC (An Abuse, Rape, Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection) describes a number of warning signs for friends, family members, and coworkers for recognizing people who may be victims of intimate partner abuse. Specifically, teens, men, or women who are often absent from school or work, have numerous injuries they try to explain away, low self-esteem, show a change in their personality, fear of conflicts, passive-aggressive behavior, blame themselves, seem isolated, or demonstrate stress-related physical symptoms (for example, headaches, stomach upset, sleep problems, or skin rashes) may be experiencing abuse in their relationship.

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Comment from: Filly B., 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 02

A lady very close to me was sent back home to the parents, and her 3 little children withheld by her so called husband.

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