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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
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What is intimate partner violence?
Do I need professional help?
How can I tell if it is time to seek professional assistance for myself or someone close to me?
There are behavior patterns typical to unhealthy relationships, which may indicate violence or abuse. If you are concerned, we strongly recommend consulting a professional from the resources listed below.
First signs of violence:
- Extreme mood swings – extreme changes in behavior and outbursts of rage
- “Walking on eggshells” –behavior is constrained because of fear of the partner’s response
- Duplicitous behavior – behavior is normative in the presence of others, but when the couple is alone, there are outbursts, rage, and controlling behavior
- Unreasonable jealousy and suspicion – the constant need to know where the partner is, stalking, requesting continuous updates on every move.
- Isolating a partner from family and friends – persuading the partner to sever ties with close friends and family and making it impossible for the partner to spend time alone with friends and family.
- Possessive and controlling behavior – placing restrictions on all activities – work and leisure, as well as access to money or bank accounts. Placing limitations on activity in social networks, choice of clothing, and other personal decisions.
- Constant criticism, lack of appreciation, and disrespect –consistent accusations and criticism, unwillingness to accept that the criticism and disrespect are hurtful.
- Threats of self-harm – Extreme separation anxiety, the relentless need to be together, and the threat of self-harm in the event of separation.
If one or more of these behaviors is familiar to you, or if, for any reason, you are concerned about an abusive relationship, we recommend contacting a professional for counseling and support. They will be there for you to listen, help you process your thoughts, and provide support and assistance. The resources below will help you locate the relevant support and assistance.
Counseling and professional help
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