This is a worksheet that was given to me during my intake at Genesis House in Dallas, Texas.
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support was established in 1985 as a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. All clients can participate in free programming which includes individual and group counseling, child play therapy, on-site school and day care, legal services, intimate partner sexual assault recovery, and case management.”
Donations can be made thru: Genesis, 3419 Knight St, Dallas, TX 75219 or call 214-520-6644.
Recognizing Domestic Violence:
Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship exercises power and control over the other through a pattern of intentional behaviors. There is no way to define a “typical” victim of domestic violence – it can affect anyone from any socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, geographic, or educational background. The progression of violence is outlined below, and includes repeated use of one or more of the following behaviors:
Emotional: isolation, ignoring, controlling finances or employment, lack of trust/suspicion, following or stalking the victim, criticizing, threats of suicide, threats of taking away children, threats of physical violence, threats of murder, minimizes or denies behavior, explosive or critical reactions.
Verbal: name-calling, put downs, yelling, use of profanity, unfounded accusations, cruel and hurtful remarks, degrading the victim in public, diminishing accomplishments, flying into rages.
Sexual: rape, forcing sexual acts, use of weapons during sex, inflicts pain during sex, forced sex involving multiple partners.
Physical: choking/strangulation, holding the victim down against their will, throwing or breaking objects, pushing and shoving, slapping, biting, kicking and punching, using a weapon, MURDER.
Protect Yourself From Danger:
Identify your partner’s violent cycles and act on your predictions of the behavior.
When your partner is escalated, avoid rooms with only one exit.
Take threats seriously.
Keep a bag with important items at a friend’s house.
Teach your children a code word that means get out of the house, go to a safe place, and get help.
Call the police if you are afraid your partner will assault you or has assaulted you.
Talk to a friend, a clergy member, or a nurse.
Talk to an expert at your local women’s shelter.
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