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Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Warning Signs of Domestic Violence (printable copy)

Warning Signs of a Batterer

These are some  characteristics common to perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • Extreme Jealousy
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Unpredictable Behavior
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Isolates Victim
  • Blames Others
  • Minimizes or Denies Abuse
  • Hypersensitive
  • Cruel to Children or Animals
  • Uses Force During Sex
  • Verbally Abusive
  • Sudden Mood Swings
  • Past History of Battering
  • Threatens Violence
  • Breaks or Strikes  Objects
  • Uses Force During an Argument

Warning Signs of a Victim

Victims often  display these characteristics. The longer the abuse continues, the  more extreme these  characteristics become.

  • Physical Signs  of Injury
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Isolated From Family & Friends
  • Blames Self
  • Suffers from Anxiety
  • Abusive Toward Others
  • Neglects Self or Children
  • Feels Hopeless
  • Makes Excuses for Batterer
  • Suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Medicates With Drugs or Alcohol

If someone you know needs help, call 1-800-799-SAFE or

The Center for Violence Prevention
P.O. Box 6279
Pearl, MS 39288
601-932-4198, 800-266-4198