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Identifying Abuse

  • More About Coercive Control

    Why women are most likely to be victims of this type of abuse and why they stay | In our continuing Q&A with Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, author of Invisible Chain... read more

  • What is Coercive Control?

    A Q&A with author, activist and professor Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | The book, Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, i... read more

  • Abuse That's Hard to Recognize: Coercive Control

    Intimate partner abuse that is often disguised as love | Isolation. Threats. Humiliation. Sometimes even physical abuse. These are the weapons of coercive control, a ... read more

  • The Equality Wheel Explained

    What is it and how is it different from the Power and Control Wheel? | Domestic abuse is complicated, and not everyone understands what it means if they haven’t bee... read more

  • 5 Signs of Elder Abuse

    How to spot it, and what to do about it | When thinking about domestic violence, the image of a young family often comes to mind. But, the truth is, abuse can happen ... read more

  • 3 Myths About Survivors of Domestic Violence

    It’s time to stop telling yourself these things | Myth: You deserve the abuse—you did something to provoke your partner. For Real: No one deserves to be abuse... read more

  • Is Mutual Abuse Real?

    It’s a term often used as a manipulation tactic—true mutual abuse is rare | The definition of “mutual abuse” is exactly what you think it is—when two partners are m... read more

  • Are You the Victim of Financial Abuse?

    Ask yourself these questions | When people think of abuse, what comes to mind is usually physical abuse, followed by sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. F... read more

  • What is 'Victim Shaming'?

    Victim shaming comments and questions focus the blame on the wrong person | When women began stepping forward late last year accusing comedian and actor Bill Cosby ... read more

  • How to Speak Out on Domestic Violence

    Training teaches you how to recognize, respond and intervene | In 2013, the Avon Foundation for Women asked organizations to propose what they would do with a $125,00... read more

  • Is the 'Cycle of Violence' Outdated?

    Advocates say look to the Power and Control Wheel to understand domestic violence | Since the Cycle of Violence was introduced in 1979, it’s helped serve as a roadm... read more

  • He's Forcing Me to Get Pregnant

    Reproductive coercion is domestic violence, and it’s not OK | Abusers use many sinister forms of violence to control their victim. For some, their abusive partners ... read more

  • App Detects Dangerous Partners

    Not sure if what you're experiencing is abuse? Check the app | Can actually be with an abusive partner and not even recognize it? Unfortunately, it happens more o... read more

  • Can Abusers Change?

    Once an abuser, always an abuser? Signs that recovery is possible | It’s a hotly debated topic with no easy answer. Can people change? Sure, we all change as we matur... read more

  • Are You a Good Partner?

    Recognizing the warning signs of an abuser in yourself | You may not even notice the little things you’re doing that are adding up. Do you ever criticize your partn... read more