Many women, children, and men in the world are victims of domestic abuse– this is any behaviour that maintains control over a spouse, partner, family member, or girlfriend/boyfriend. Abuse may be expressed physically, emotionally, verbally, sexually, or financially, and you may feel threatened, controlled or coerced.
If you are experiencing abuse or domestic violence, you do not have to deal with this on your own. Staff from 7 hotlines that support people experiencing abuse and domestic violence in Illinois, United States can help. Contact them if these signs of abuse sound familiar:
Experiencing a wide range of emotions is perfectly normal for victims of abuse and domestic violence. Doubting the clarity of your mind or your ability to understand what’s happening is also a common consequence of the abuse you have experienced.
If you're experiencing abuse and domestic violence, feeling scared is perfectly natural. You could be doubtful and convinced that there’s no way out. Talking to someone in Illinois, United States who understands how abusive relationships work might help you feel less hopeless and powerless.
Consider contacting a helpline in Illinois, United States for free, confidential help with abuse and domestic violence today.