Many abusers can seem charming and fun at first, and won’t blatantly abuse at the beginning of a relationship. Though, there are some red flags that can occur within the early part of the relationship — some of which are strategies used to control the victim or make them feel dependent on the abuser.
UNF criminology and criminal justice professor Dr. Jennifer Wesely shared the following valuable information about the warning signs of domestic violence and how to find help with UNF news.
Jealousy if the victim talks to others or expresses warm feelings for anyone else
Possessiveness in which the abuser doesn’t want the victim to give attention to others
Random mood swings in which the abuser shows a dramatic shift from being angry and controlling to sweet and loving
Abusers may control how the victim acts, talks, dresses, looks, and even walks
Abusers can have explosive anger impulses and have disproportionate anger about minor events — they may react by hitting walls and yelling names
Abusers may also gulit victims by saying that their life is nothing without them
The abuser uses these tactics of control and fear to avoid feelings of rejection and loss of control of the victim: threats of violence, humiliation, rape, physical abuse, control over finacial income, destruction of property, abuse of pets or children, and much more. Many victims describe other parts of domestic violence as more harmful than the physical side.
Finding help can be dangerous, so having a plan is crucial.
UNF’s Victim Advocacy Program is a resource to any Osprey who has endured violence or threatened violence. The program helps with emotional support, evaluation of options, explanation of rights, and assistance with the criminal justice process. They will assure confidentiality to people who utilize the advocacy services.
The UNF community may use the 24-hour crisis intervention helpline by calling (904) 620-1010.
National and local hotlines:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1(800) 799-SAFE
Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1(800) 500-1119
Micah’s Place (Fernandina Beach): (904) 225-9979
Betty Griffin Center (St. Augustine/St Johns County): (904) 824-1555
Quigley House (Clay County): (904) 284-0061
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