Every day, domestic abuse affects millions of people in New Jersey and across the country. There are warning signs that can help you identify whether someone you love is facing abuse.
What domestic abuse looks like
Domestic violence can take many forms. It is common for domestic abusers to use fear and intimidation tactics, including threatening physical harm or even death towards their victims. They may also keep the victim from taking outside jobs or controlling what they wear in order to exert power over them.
Moreover, domestic abusers are often extremely possessive and jealous, monitoring their victim’s every move. It’s not uncommon for domestic abusers to monitor their victims’ phones, emails and social media accounts.
The warning signs of domestic abuse
One of the most important signs that someone you know is being abused is increased agitation or irritability. If you notice sudden changes to the way your loved one behaves, including quick mood swings or anger issues, this could also indicate domestic abuse.
Another common warning sign is the loss of interest in things your loved one used to enjoy. For example, if they are no longer interested in seeing their friends or doing hobbies that they have always enjoyed, this may be a sign domestic abuse is affecting their life.
Moreover, if you notice that your loved one starts putting up barriers and withdrawing from relationships, this is not a good sign. Additionally, pay attention to any physical injuries. If your loved one has unexplained bruises or other injuries, they could be facing domestic abuse.
If you see any of these signs in someone you care about, it is important to reach out for help. There are many resources available to victims of domestic abuse. For instance, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis counseling and support for victims of domestic violence.