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Domestic violence—also called intimate partner violence—can take many forms. It can affect
your mind and emotions, or it can be physical or dangerous to your life. If you're not sure if you're being abused, ask yourself the following questions:
Does your partner:
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. There are people who can help you. You are not alone. Talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, a doctor, or a help center. Talking with someone can help you make the changes you need to stay safe.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
can help you find resources in your area. This nationwide database has detailed
information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal
support and assistance programs, and social service programs.
October 13, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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