Domestic Violence: An Overview

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is when an intimate partner has…

  • minimized the importance of your feelings about sex
  • criticized you sexually
  • insisted on unwanted or uncomfortable touching
  • withheld sex and affection
  • forced sex after physical abuse or when you were sick
  • raped you
  • been jealously angry, assuming you would have sex with anyone
  • insisted that you dress in a more sexual way than you wanted

From LIFE SPAN, with permission.

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Effects of Domestic Violence
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Teenagers
Help is Available!
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Domestic Violence References

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“Domestic Violence: An Overview” was written by C. J. Newton, MA, Learning Specialist and published in the Find (formerly Mental Health Journal in February, 2001.

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