Potential Signs of Domestic Abuse

Knowing Signs That Could Save a Life

Domestic abuse is a crime that pervades our society and sometimes goes unpunished. While this sounds negative, there are signs one can look for to determine whether or not domestic abuse could be happening. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released a list of signs that could indicate a significant problem is happening, and knowledge of what to look for could save a life.

Behavioral Issues

An abuser may seem nice at times, but behind closed doors, they could be a completely different person. An abuser may show signs of the following behaviors:

  • A quick temper

  • A need to constantly exhibit control over their circumstances, people and finances included

  • Jealousy and possessiveness

Someone who exhibits these behaviors could be acting in other ways that are causing harm to someone else.

Abusive Actions

An abuser may engage in the following actions that cause harm, either mental or physical, to another person:

  • Cruelty to pets or other animals

  • Blaming the victim for their own actions (perhaps using phrases as “You’ve brought this upon yourself” or something similar)

  • Physical abuse of family members, including children

  • Harassment of others in other social situations, such as at work or out in public

  • Control over the victim’s daily decisions

These actions and more cause significant damage to their victims, and victims may feel as if they may never have a voice or a hope of escape.

There Is Hope

Fortunately, there is hope. Someone who is suffering from domestic abuse does not have to suffer forever. There are steps they can take to protect themselves from their abuser, including protective orders. The attorneys at Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices can not only help you seek protection from abuse but can also help you toward something even better: freedom to live your own life.

To schedule a consultation, call us at (573) 279-1349 or visit us online. If you or a loved one is suffering from domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 for free, confidential help available 24/7.