Margo Batsie, MCEDV's Justice Systems Coordinator, was interviewed for a WLBZ news story on the recent statewide implementation of the ODARA. To view the story, click here or see below.
However, there are some common indicators that can serve as warning signs. While many of the factors listed below may not be cause to suspect abuse when considered alone, considered within the context of the other factors, they can indicate a pattern of power and control that characterizes domestic abuse.
Does the person about whom you are worried…
These are just some potential warning signs; the list is not meant to be exhaustive, but instead is meant to be a starting place for inquiry. There are many ways abuse manifests. The Power and Control Wheel presents a different way of looking for warning signs—by examining the abuser’s behavior, which you may also witness.
Remember—if you are worried about someone you know, or if you have questions about a behavior that seems concerning, call the helpline: 1.866.834.HELP. An advocate can talk to you about your concerns and can help you decide what to do next. It’s completely confidential and available anytime, night or day.