If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please consider contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline or getting help via this list of domestic violence resources in Florida. Stay safe.
Recognizing the signs of domestic violence can be challenging. Today, we're exploring signs of intimate partner violence you may want to look for if you suspect someone you know is in an abusive situation.
We help clients navigate domestic violence cases. Contact us online or via phone at (305) 853-9161 to schedule a consultation.
Pay Attention to Isolation
Oftentimes, one of the first things abusers try to do is isolate their victims. This can occur through financial manipulation (preventing an individual from accessing their bank account) or by forcibly relegating them to one place under the threat of violence.
If you notice that someone who used to go out a lot can't participate in group activities anymore and you think their partner could be to blame, asking them about it may not be a bad idea.
Look for Bruises on Their Wrists, Shoulders & Throat
The wrists, shoulders, and throat are often places where abusers grab victims/survivors before carrying out continued acts of abuse. If you notice that a friend is putting extra makeup on these areas or has bruises that look like fingerprints, you may want to take them aside and ask them about it.
Pay Attention to Social Cues
If you notice that a friend significantly changes their behavior when they're around their partner in social situations - especially if they become much quieter or withdrawn - it could be a sign that they're embroiled in an unhealthy relationship dynamic.
Bringing Up Domestic Violence
Frequently, one of the hardest parts of helping someone in an abusive situation is talking with them about it to confirm the abuse. Be gentle if you bring it up. You may also want to keep some resources on-hand or let the suspected victim/survivor use your phone to contact domestic violence resources - many abusers track phone activity to prevent victims/survivors from seeking help.
We work with victims/survivors to help them navigate domestic violence cases. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (305) 853-9161.