SAFE IN 60

Safe in 60: How to Spot Signs of Domestic Violence

Oct 12, 2020, 5:00 AM | Updated: 8:27 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Domestic violence can happen to anyone. To any race, religion or gender, whether you are married or single, young or old.

According to the CDC, domestic violence or intimate partner violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men at some point in their lifetime. But this doesn’t just affect the victim. It can have lasting adverse effects on children and other family members.

There are many forms of abuse, but they all have one main thing in common. One partner is attempting to have complete control or power over the other.

  • Physical abuse: Physical aggression such as hitting, kicking or strangulation. Strangulation can cause permanent physical damage and death and is considered very serious in an abuse case.
  • Sexual abuse: Forcing sex on a partner who is not consenting.
  • Threats: Any threat to physically harm a partner.
  • Emotional abuse: Intimidation; keeping the victim from family or friends; hurting the victim’s sense of self-worth; taking away belongings, withholding finances or other essential resources.

Here are some more subtle signs of an abusive partner, known as red flag behaviors. They can likely escalate to the abuse described above.

  • Extreme jealousy, possessiveness or controlling behavior.
  • A bad temper or cruelty to animals.
  • Verbal abuse, blaming, or accusations of flirting or having an affair.
  • Controlling what kind of clothes can be worn.
  • Embarrasses or humiliates partner in public.

Signs that someone could be suffering from abuse:

  • Excuses frequent injuries.
  • Used to be outgoing and confident but seems to have lost self-esteem.
  • Seems to be overly eager to please their partner.
  • Becomes isolated from family or friends.
  • Wears long sleeves in the summer to hide injuries.
  • Continually checking in with their partner or their partner, always checking on them.
  • Missing work, social gatherings, or school for no apparent reason.
  • Any other unusual changes in actions could indicate abuse – many times, the victim shows signs and doesn’t know it.

If you know someone who you may think is suffering from abuse, encourage them to report it. Show support and let him/her know you are there to help when needed. They are likely feeling alienated and alone. Help them through the process of reporting abuse and help them with a safety plan.

You can also report abuse to authorities and remain anonymous.

If you are a victim of abuse, there are resources out there to help. It is a difficult first step, but help is available 24 hours a day and doesn’t cost anything.

Resources for domestic violence victims:

  • Utah Domestic Violence Link Line 1-800-897-LINK (5465)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Utah YWCA shelter for women- 24-Hour Crisis Line- 801-537-8600
  • 911 — don’t hesitate to call if you need immediate help

Online resources:

https://justice.utah.gov/Violence/

http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/domestic-violence/

https://www.thehotline.org/resources/statistics/

https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=235

https://ncadv.org

https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/Pages/welcome.aspx

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Safe in 60

FILE: Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck (L), 9, and fourth grader Luca Conrad, 10, t...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Safe in 60: Keeping children safe online during new school year

Students are heading back to school across Utah, and it's a good time for parents to talk with their kids about online safety.
11 months ago
(KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

How To ‘Summer Safely’ On Utah’s Roads

Historically, Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the deadliest time on Utah roads when fatal crashes nearly double.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Five Poisonous Plants To Watch Out For In Utah

Every year around this time, Utah Poison Control sees an uptick in cases in which adults and children are exposed to poisonous plants or mushrooms.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden

How To Pick The Right Helmet For Your Child

Make sure you take time to find a good helmet — they reduce the risk of head injury by 88%.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Tips For Drivers, Motorcyclists To Safely Share The Road

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than occupants in passenger cars.
1 year ago
FILE (Dan Spindle/KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

5 Steps To Take To Prevent A Car Burglary

Car burglary numbers climbed 12% last year, and these types of crimes are often difficult for police to solve.
1 year ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Safe in 60: How to Spot Signs of Domestic Violence