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Domestic Violence. WARNING SIGNS Many of the signs women are taught to Interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for.

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1 Domestic Violence

2 WARNING SIGNS Many of the signs women are taught to Interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Some examples Include: Many of the signs women are taught to Interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Some examples Include:

3 INTRUSION: Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc. Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc.

4 ISOLATION: Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family. Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family.

5 POSSESSION AND JEALOUSY: Accuses you of flirting/having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing/make-up. Accuses you of flirting/having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing/make-up.

6 NEED FOR CONTROL: Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions on where/what you are allowed to do. Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions on where/what you are allowed to do.

7 OLD THINKING VS. NEW THINKING OLD: I cant stay away from this person-he is all I have OLD: I cant stay away from this person-he is all I have NEW: I can stay away from anyone I want to. I dont have to spend time with people or be with them even if it means being single. NEW: I can stay away from anyone I want to. I dont have to spend time with people or be with them even if it means being single.

8 OLD: It is best to forgive and forget. OLD: It is best to forgive and forget. NEW: I need to heal from the bad things that have happened to me! I dont need to forgive anyone I dont wish to, and forgetting is impossible! NEW: I need to heal from the bad things that have happened to me! I dont need to forgive anyone I dont wish to, and forgetting is impossible!

9 OLD: I cant survive without them. They are all I have. OLD: I cant survive without them. They are all I have. NEW: I can do anything I need to do to take care of myself and support myself! NEW: I can do anything I need to do to take care of myself and support myself!

10 OLD: If I am being verbally or physically abused I have to put up with it because if I told someone, it might make people angry with me. Plus, I love this person. OLD: If I am being verbally or physically abused I have to put up with it because if I told someone, it might make people angry with me. Plus, I love this person. NEW: I can tell anyone I want, including the police, and family members have no right to get angry with me about this! If they are not supportive of me, I need to stay away from them and spend time with people who are supportive! Abuse is not love. NEW: I can tell anyone I want, including the police, and family members have no right to get angry with me about this! If they are not supportive of me, I need to stay away from them and spend time with people who are supportive! Abuse is not love.

11 STRESSING THE POSITIVE Closure is sad for us all, but it is also very exciting! When one door closes, another opens to new experiences, new opportunities, and new possibilities. Closure is sad for us all, but it is also very exciting! When one door closes, another opens to new experiences, new opportunities, and new possibilities.

12 You can practice letting go of the old identity of being an abuse victim. It is a thing of the past, and now you can move on, although it will be difficult You can practice letting go of the old identity of being an abuse victim. It is a thing of the past, and now you can move on, although it will be difficult

13 The temptation is always present to step back into the habits of the past. Remember that one step back and two steps forward are to be expected. Do not be angry at yourself when you step back. It will take time. The temptation is always present to step back into the habits of the past. Remember that one step back and two steps forward are to be expected. Do not be angry at yourself when you step back. It will take time.

14 The path to freedom from the past is motivation, forgiveness and LOVE OF YOURSELF. Have clearly defined goals, take action and become EMPOWERED. Your abuser will NOT change. Dont fool yourself in to believing they will. The path to freedom from the past is motivation, forgiveness and LOVE OF YOURSELF. Have clearly defined goals, take action and become EMPOWERED. Your abuser will NOT change. Dont fool yourself in to believing they will.

15 A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IS HAVING SOMEONE WHO: Respects and trusts you. Respects and trusts you. Makes you feel good about yourself. Makes you feel good about yourself. Allows you to talk freely and express your feelings and emotions without judging you, criticizing you, teasing you, or putting you down. Allows you to talk freely and express your feelings and emotions without judging you, criticizing you, teasing you, or putting you down.

16 Healthy relationship cont. Allows you the space to change, grow, make decisions, make mistakes, and have your own interests and friendships. Allows you the space to change, grow, make decisions, make mistakes, and have your own interests and friendships. Accepts YOU AS YOU and doesnt ask you to change anything about you or how you live your life. Accepts YOU AS YOU and doesnt ask you to change anything about you or how you live your life.

17 Questions? Circle of Violence Circle of Violence Presenting Maria to speak on her personal experience with Domestic Abuse Presenting Maria to speak on her personal experience with Domestic Abuse


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