Editor's note: The following information was provided by Todd County Health and Human Services.
What is domestic violence? According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, domestic violence/intimate partner violence/domestic abuse/relationship abuse is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
According to Futures Without Violence, one in four U.S. women has experienced violence by a partner at some point in her life, and one in four teens is harassed or abused through technology. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or digital. Sexual abuse includes sexual coercion and reproductive coercion.
Some of the signs of an abusive relationship include a partner who:
Tells you that you can never do anything right.
Shows extreme jealousy of your friends and time spent away.
Keeps you or discourages you from seeing friends or family members.
Insults, demeans or shames you with put-downs.
Controls every penny spent in the household.
Takes your money or refuses to give you money for necessary expenses.
Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you.
Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do.
Prevents you from making your own decisions.
Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children.
Prevents you from working or attending school.
Destroys your property or threatens to hurt or kill your pets.
Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons.
Pressures you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with.
Pressures you to use drugs or alcohol.
For more information, visit the Futures without Violence website at https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/ and https://www.thehotline.org. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can call Hands of Hope Resource Center at 1-800-682-4547. Todd County Health and Human Services also coordinates with Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership and holds a monthly reproductive health clinic to provide affordable and accessible family planning and reproductive health services in Cass, Todd and Wadena counties. For more information or for an appointment in Todd County, call 1-320-732-4500.