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  • A survivor of domestic violence is sexually coerced by a partner

    Sexual Coercion in Intimate Relationships: Eight Tactics

    When sex in a couple is not exactly violent, but not entirely voluntary, either | Sexual coercion refers to using nonviolent means to pressure an unwilling partner to ... read more

  • Abuser threatens revenge porn against victim of domestic violence

    Revenge Porn Meets the Law: Federal Protections for Victims

    A federal law on nonconsensual distribution of sexual images, or “revenge porn,” is poised to become law | Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. t... read more

  • An abusive partner is physically violent toward his partner

    What is Physical Abuse?

    There’s never an excuse for a partner to be physically violent. This comprehensive guide breaks down what’s involved in physical abuse | Physical abuse in a relationsh... read more

  • An illustration outlining the tactics abusers use on victims of domestic violence.

    What Are the Power and Control Wheels?

    A comprehensive guide to the many versions of this helpful illustration that outlines tactics abusers use | Many survivors of domestic abuse and violence will say that... read more

  • A woman attempts to leave an abusive partner wielding coercive control over her.

    A Guide to Coercive Control

    How to recognize this subtle yet dangerous form of domestic abuse | Coercive control refers to any pattern of behavior an abuser uses to dominate their partner and lim... read more

  • A survivor of domestic violence is forced to work by her partner

    Is Your Partner Exploiting Your Work?

    You work too hard, and you feel you have no choice about it. Is your partner exploiting your labor? | In many [healthy] couples, both people work hard but neither pers... read more

  • victim of gaslighting doubts feels confused

    Bad News: Anyone Can Be a Gaslighter

    Gaslighting is a manipulation technique used by narcissists everywhere. How to spot examples of gaslighting by co-workers, friends and acquaintances | Gaslighting is u... read more

  • senior living in nursing home is abused by caretaker

    What Is Elder Abuse?

    A comprehensive guide to understanding domestic violence and the role of adult protective services | Elder abuse is the intentional or negligent mistreatment of an adu... read more

  • A victim of domestic violence is being verbally degraded by an abuser.

    What is Verbal Abuse?

    A comprehensive guide to understanding how an argument can be healthy, but a pattern of ongoing degradation is not | Arguments are normal, even healthy, in a relations... read more

  • woman leaving abusive partner struggles to find money

    What Is Financial Abuse?

    A comprehensive guide to understanding, escaping and recovering from financial abuse | When we think about domestic violence and abuse, we don’t often think about how ... read more

  • survivor of emotional abuse leaves their abuser

    What Is Emotional Abuse?

    A comprehensive guide to understanding emotional abuse | If there’s a weakness that abusers can exploit in a survivor, they’ll find it. One’s emotional stability is ju... read more

  • victim of sexual abuse reaches out for help.

    What Is Sexual Abuse?

    A comprehensive guide to recognizing sexual abuse and domestic violence | Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual contact obtained by force, threats or when a victim is un... read more

  • domestic abuse survivor endures mind control

    Yes, Abusive Partners Brainwash Their Victims

    Abusers deliberately make their partners feel disoriented, dependent and worthless. Learn how to recover from this type of control | “I felt like he programmed me.” “... read more

  • Victim of trauma bonding healing after abuse

    What Is Trauma Bonding?

    A comprehensive guide to understanding trauma bonding | Imagine that you’re with a partner who’s abusive. They’re degrading you verbally, they’re playing psychological... read more

  • survivor of abuse contemplates going back to abusive partner

    10 Suggestions for Coping with Loneliness in the Pandemic

    Loneliness might make you feel like calling up an ex, and when abuse was involved, this is a horrible idea | Domestic abusers isolate their partners as a controlling t... read more