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Domestic Violence Prevention (signs)

The recent shooting of police officer Kevin Ambrose in Springfield, MA [link: http://bit.ly/LEw01z] draws attention to the unpredictability of domestic violence. The officer was shot responding to a domestic incident between a boyfriend and girlfriend. The shooter was a corrections officer on Rikers Island and most likely was not a hardened criminal. The shooter was apparently in an argument with his girlfriend and lost control of his emotions. What should be taken from this incident is that everyone should learn the warning signs of an abusive partner in order to prevent themselves or a friend from becoming the next victim.

As I outlined in a previous story on somervillelawoffice.com, Somerville Domestic Violence, anyone in a violent relationship needs to get immediate help. Abuse in the relationship does not usually start off as physical. The following is a short list of possible warning signs of an abusive relationship:

  • Jealousy or possessiveness;
  • Isolate you from friends and family;
  • Pressure you sexually;
  • Fear of reaction to how you act or what you say;
  • Makes jokes at your expense; and
  • When you try to break up partner promises things will be different next time.

This is a short list of signs of an abusive relationship. If you do not know where to turn, do not hesitate to contact my office for referrals to support systems.