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Domestic Violence Overcomer

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

On May 17th, 2022, we will hear from LiChrissy Cole about how she overcame domestic violence from a relationship that she believed would last forever.


What Is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be mental, physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological actions or threats towards another individual. Any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, coercion, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone! It can occur within any relationship! Domestic violence is a desire to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. The abuser exerts power and control over the victim.

Domestic violence doesn't have a face, race, or gender, and it can affect anyone regardless of age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, faith, and education levels. Domestic abuse may culminate in serious physical injury or death.

Recognizing the signs of domestic abuse; does your partner…


Embarrass or make fun of you in front of your friends or family?

Put down your accomplishments?

Make you feel like you are unable to make decisions?

Use intimidation or threats to gain compliance?

Tell you that you are nothing without them?

Mistreat you—grab, push, pinch, shove or hit you?

Call you several times a night or show up to ensure you are where you said you would be?

Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for saying hurtful things or abusing you?

Blame you for how they feel or act?

Pressure you sexually for things you aren't ready for?

Make you feel like there is "no way out" of the relationship?

Prevent you from doing something you won't – like spending time with friends or family?

Try to keep you from leaving after a fight or go somewhere after a fight to "teach you a lesson"?

Do you...


Sometimes feel scared of how your partner may behave?

Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner's behavior?

Believe that you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself?

Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?

Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?

Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up?

If any of these things are happening in your relationship, talk to someone. Without help, the abuse will continue. Making that first call to seek help is a courageous step.

Always remember...


NO ONE deserves to be abused. The abuse is not your fault. You are not alone.

DON'T worry about threats to your visa. We have information about visa options for your situation.

DON'T worry if you do not speak the local language. We can get you help in many Languages.

Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or Text "START" to 88788



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