Often times, abusers will use threats to keep a victim of domestic violence from trying to leave the relationship.
Common threats that survivors have told us they have heard from their abusive partners include threats to –
- Abduct the children or seek sole custody
- Get the victim fired from their workplace
- Have the victim deported or destroy their immigration documents
- Harm the family pet
- Destroy any property or possessions left behind
- “Out” the victim to coworkers or family members
- Commit suicide or other self-harm
- Become more physically violent or kill the victim
It is important to remember that no one deserves to be or enjoys being abused and that leaving a violent relationship is the most dangerous time for the victim. Abusers often feel very much out of control at this point and tend to retaliate and become more violent as a result. Statistically, this time is the most dangerous for victims:
75% of women who are killed as the result of a violent relationship are killed after the relationship has ended.
The fear felt by many victims of domestic violence is why emergency shelter like Peace at Home Family Shelter is so crucial.
If your partner is threatening you to keep you in the relationship, we can help.
Find a safe phone and contact us at 479-442-9811 and remember to always call 911 if there is an emergency or you feel your life is in danger.