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We know about domestic violence but aware there are many forms that fall under the subject. Recently, the world was witness to one of our own in a video recorded incident between him and his fiance (Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens).

Although the details aren’t clear about what happened, intimate partner violence exists and is present in many relationships across the country.

Here is some information about Intimate Partner Violence:

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

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What are the signs?

  • Quick Involvement: Comes on very strong, quickly pressures you for an exclusive commitment.
  • Jealousy: Very possessive, calls constantly or visits unexpectedly, checks your car’s mileage.
  • Controlling: Interrogates you intensely (especially if you’re late) about whom you talked to and where you were, keeps all the money, insists you ask for permission to go anywhere or do anything.
  • Sudden mood swings: Switches from sweetly loving to explosively violent in a matter of minutes.
  • Isolation: Tries to cut you off from family and friends, tries to prevent you from holding a job.

Click here for more warning signs.

For help:

  • 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline  877-352-7273
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1/800- 799-SAFE
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) – 1-800-656-HOPE
  • Don’t forget to call: 911

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