Domestic violence: spot the subtle signs of abuse and how to help


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Domestic violence – it is a crime that can be difficult to spot as the abuse often occurs behind closed doors.

Physical injuries like bruises and fractures are obvious signs of abuse. But domestic violence advocates should also pay attention to the more subtle signs that may appear early in a relationship.

Leslie Jingluski of the Avalon Center says the first red flag in an abusive relationship is a partner who isolates or controls their loved one, forcing the survivor to withdraw from family and friends.

“It starts with isolation from your friends, isolation from family, and it can escalate into financial control and there’s always that piece of control you want to watch. withdrawal is a huge thing and I think it’s important to identify. and of course when it comes to physical abuse you will be able to tell. you will know. you’ll see the bruises, ”said Jingluski, who is the community engagement coordinator for the Avalon Center.

Are you or someone you love a domestic violence survivor? 10 By Your Side is here for you.

10 On Your Side has compiled a list of local and national resources for residents to address and prevent domestic violence and child abuse.

In the United States, about 1 in 4 women and almost 1 in 10 men have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), including sexual, physical or stalking violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the United States. Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention.

Family Violence Prevention Resources

10 On Your Side is committed to helping break the cycle of domestic violence in Hampton Roads.

here is a connect to any local groups or agencies that we have highlighted. The page also shares testimonials from survivors.

Here are some local and national resources for victims in need of assistance.

Transitions Family Violence Services in Hampton

YWCA South Hampton Roads in Norfolk

LGBTQ Living Center in Norfolk

  • Provides: Domestic violence counseling and support, safety planning, crisis intervention and education sessions. Emergency housing assistance and legal services. Youth services and support groups.
  • 757-640-0929
  • [email protected]

Norfolk Military Family Advocacy Program

  • Provides: Family violence prevention, victim safety / protection, offender empowerment, rehabilitation education / counseling and command response
  • 757-444-2230
  • After Hours Domestic Abuse Advocate (DAVA): 757-438-4180

Avalon Center in Williamsburg

  • Telephone: 757-258-5022
  • Provides transitional housing, emergency shelter, youth services, legal advice and counseling.
  • 24-hour crisis hotline: 757-258-5051

Samaritan House Inc. in Virginia Beach

  • Telephone: 757-631-0710
  • Offers counseling, emergency shelter placement and safety planning.
  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 757-430-2120

HER Shelter in Portsmouth

  • Telephone: 757-485-1445
  • Provides emergency services, legal assistance, shelter, employment, housing assistance.
  • Direct line: 757-485-3384

National helpline on domestic violence: 1−800−799−7233

Virginia Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-838-8238

About 11 million women and 5 million men who reported experiencing sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime reported experiencing these forms of violence for the first time before. the age of 18.

At least 1 in 7 children have been abused or neglected in the past year and in 2018, nearly 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States, according to the CDC.

Prevent Child Abuse America – Coronavirus Resources and Tips for Parents, Children, and Others.

Child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can have lasting negative effects on its victims. For more information on preventing child abuse and neglect, check out CDC resources or call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 to help.


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