Domestic Violence Indicators

Look for these possible indicators for domestic violence. If someone you know is being abused, they may show one or more of these signs:
  • Visible Physical Injuries: Bruises, lacerations, burns, human bite marks, and fractures (especially of the eyes, nose, teeth, and jaw); injuries during pregnancy, miscarriage, or premature births; injuries that are inconsistent with explanation; multiple injuries in different stages of healing; unexplained delay in seeking medical treatment for injuries.
  • Stress-Related Illnesses: Headaches, backaches, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, fatigue, anxiety-related conditions (such as heart palpitations, hyperventilation, and panic attacks).
  • Marital and/or Family Problems
  • Depression
  • Alcohol or Other Drug Addictions
  • Absenteeism: Lateness, leaving early.
  • Changes in Job Performance: Difficulty concentrating, repeating errors, slower work pace.
  • Unusual or Excessive Number of Phone Calls: From family members; strong reactions to these calls.
  • Disruptive Personal Visits: To the workplace from employee's present or former partner or spouse.
  • Overly Dressed: Turtlenecks, long sleeves in the summertime.
  • Jumpy, Irritable
  • Withdrawn
  • Statements: "My husband won't let me...", "He got so mad that he put his fist right up to my nose...", etc.
  • Lack of Personal Grooming: A total change from past habits.
  • Shows Low Self-Esteem

 


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