What is Abuse?

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, or technological abuse. It is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects thousands of individuals in Connecticut regardless of age, gender, economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or education. Types of abuse include:

    • Physical- Scratching, biting, grabbing, spitting, shoving, slapping, punching, burning, threatening to attack with a weapon or kill you
    • Emotional/Psychological- Name calling, intimidation, yelling, manipulating, placing little value on what you say, preventing or making it difficult for you to see friends or relative
    • Economical/Financial- Withholding money or giving an allowance, hiding assets, running up debt in victim’s name, sabotaging employment opportunities’ or jeopardizing employment
    • Stalking/Harassment- Make unwanted appearances or sending unwanted messages (voicemail/texts/emails), following or tracking you via GPS without your knowledge
    • Sexual- This is ANY sexual encounter that happens without your consent, unwanted touching, rape, denying contraceptive or protection against STD’s, taking sexual pictures without your consent, forcing you to perform sexual acts on film or in person for money
    • Technological- Monitoring phone calls/texts and car and computer use, demanding passwords to your devices/social media accounts, tracking you using GPS on your phone or in your vehicle, sending private photos of you to others

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