There is NO Excuse

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At Your Options Medical, our patients’ health and safety is our top priority! Every patient who comes into our office is asked if they are a victim of abuse and if they feel safe where they are currently living. This is not to pry into the lives of our patients but to ensure that our staff does everything within their power to help our patients. If a patient is currently or was previously a victim of abuse, Your Options has resources for her including housing, counseling, recovery, and more. There is no reason to justify domestic violence or abuse of any kind. There is no excuse.

Some women feel pressured into having sex or performing certain sexual acts that they are not comfortable with. This is never okay. If someone truly loves you, that person should never and has no right  to pressure you into something that crosses boundaries. You deserve respect. It can be hard to stand firm on your no, remind yourself that you are worthy of respect, and you have great value and worth. No one has the right to pressure you, abuse you, mistreat you, or harm you in any way physically or emotionally.

Some victims of abuse have become so desensitized to the abuse they do not even recognize the behavior of the attacker as abusive.

Signs of Psychological Abuse:

-Humiliates or embarrasses you

-Talks down to you

-Ignores you

-Constant Sarcasm

-Dominating and control attitude

-Withdraws affection

-Constantly blames you

-Isolates you from loved ones

Signs of Domestic Violence Relationship:

-The abuser denies hurting you

-Abuser blames others for behavior

-Extreme jealousy/possessiveness

-Unpredictable moods

-Controls all finances

-Forced sex

-Humiliates/embarrasses victim

-Hits/kicks other people or pets

Free Resources

There is no excuse. If you or someone you know may be a victim of violence, here are some free resources to call:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or for TTY: 1-800-787-3224

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or Text “HELP” to 233733

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Emotional Abuse Hotline: Text “CONNECT” to 741741 Please share this information with friends on every social media platform. You never know when you or someone you know might need these resources. Remember, there is no excuse for

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