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    Relationship Issues – Violence

    Relationship Issues – Violence – ETHOS HEALTH CARE

    Violence in relationship is when one person in a relationship is abusive or controlling toward the other person especially when they disagree about something. Sometimes a person that seems like a kind and loving partner can turn into someone who hurts controls or scares you.  It happens to people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, classes, ages and abilities.

    Relationship violence can include:

    • Physical violence, like pushing, hitting, hair pulling or throwing things
    • Sexual violence, like unwanted touching, sexual accusations, unwanted sexual acts
    • Emotional abuse, like embarrassing the other partner or keeping that person away from family and friends

    Health effects of relationship violence

    • Eating disorders and anxiety disorders
    • Stress or Depression
    • Mental health problems – like panic attacks or trouble sleeping
    • Trouble trusting people and building other relationships

    Violence in an intimate or family relationship is a sign that the relationship is in crisis. It should be taken seriously and assistance should be sought. Victims of relationship violence must decide what action is appropriate for them to take. If you are a victim of relationship violence, consider telling someone you trust about your situation. If you know someone who is a victim of relationship violence it is important to listen to them, believe them, maintain confidentiality, provide options and let them know they are not alone.