Our country recognizes the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, along with recognizing Breast Cancer, Bullying Prevention, and LGBTQ History.  For those of us who work at Independence House, we raise awareness for Domestic Violence all year long.  We do it every time we attend a community event, run a group, or meet with someone one-on-one to hear their story and allow them to share their experience with domestic violence.  I’m sure there are many out there who, because of the word ‘violence,’ think they’ve never experienced abuse in their relationship.  These 3 PSA’s from Break The Cycle can help you identify the more subtle ways abuse happens in a relationship:

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If any of these raised a red flag for you, think about what it meant.  Is this something that happened in your previous relationship, and escalated further?  Are these things happening to you right now?  It doesn’t necessarily mean your partner is an abuser, but you may need to have a conversation about how this behavior affects you.  If you’re unsure of how to go about this and need any guidance or assistance, call us or come by our office anytime.  Remember, we do this work the other 11 months of the year, too.
-IH Teen Counselor

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