WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

About Domestic Violence

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

A pattern of abusive behavior in an intimate or romantic relationship where one person chooses to control the relationship through the use of force, intimidation or fear.

The abusive behavior can be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual. Sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes it’s extreme. Without help, the abusive behavior usually gets worse.

Domestic violence can happen to adults and it can also happen to teenagers. Both males and females can be perpetrators or targets of abuse. It can happen in either straight or same-sex relationships.

There is nothing that you can do or say to deserve being abused. The abuse is never your fault. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship.

In order to protect yourself, you should know the warnings signs of an abusive relationship.

WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?

  • extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • constant put-downs
  • possessiveness or treating you like property
  • telling you what to do
  • constantly checking in on you
  • explosive temper
  • making false accusations
  • isolating you from your friends and family
  • preventing you from doing things you want to do

Domestic violence isn’t just an argument every once in a while.  Domestic violence describes an ongoing pattern of abusive behavior when one person chooses to control the relationship through force, fear, pressure or intimidation.

That romantic relationship can be between two people who are married, divorced, living together, dating, with kids, without kids. It can be between teenagers, young people, adults, the elderly, between a man and woman, two women, two men, two people from any race, culture, nationality, religion, and from any neighborhood, economic status or educational level…  Domestic violence can affect anyone.

The abusive behavior can be physical, verbal/emotional or sexual.

It is important to understand that people commit domestic violence because they choose to do so, not because they can’t stop themselves. Abusing someone is a CHOICE.

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About alinaskye

Hello, my name is Alina. I am a local artist and a jewelry designer. I have lived and worked in Nashville for little over 5 years now during which I have discovered many interests I am passionate about, including painting with oils and acrylics, mixed media and jewelry design. Working in an art environment, I currently work at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, have greatly inspired me in many ways. Skye is a self chosen name, which I think best suits me. It represents the sky and heavens above, vast and ever-changing. It came to me when I allowed myself to accept that there are as many opportunities as they are stars in the sky; through the process of soul searching, letting go of fears and doubts –self-made limitations. From that liberating process a new idea and dreams were born, and so did Alina Skye. When I started painting it wasn't out of casual interest or to adopt a new hobby, it came from an intense desire to somehow project all the various emotions and feelings I was experiencing at that time. I needed an outlet for my creativity. Somehow I wanted to convey my personal experience of life through art. My influences are everything I see, feel and experience as well as the things that I've come to understand along the way. My artwork is deeply personal and rewarding to me. Through art I hope to transform a simple perception into something deeper. Symbolism is used to convey ideas that are sometimes overlooked in the business of our everyday lives. I hope to inspire others to look at ourselves as more than just a mere physical body, but to uncover the beautiful immortality of spirit that is hidden within us all.

Posted on June 2, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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