Interpersonal violence is a shockingly common experience for individuals in romantic relationships – for female identified folks, 25% will experience violence, while 67% of trans folx will be victimized by a romantic partner. Abuse can take many forms, impacting all areas of a person’s life. Recovering from violence requires incredible courage, support, and being connected to resources such as housing and transportation.
Safety is generally the first priority for folx in violent relationships. But when and if we are able to find a way out; the work of healing involves education about healthy boundaries and expectations, as well as learning to trust ourselves and others.
You may have experienced domestic or sexual violence if:
- Your partner requires you to check in or monitors your movements
- Your partner uses physical intimidation such as blocking doors, throwing objects or destroying property when angry
- Your partner calls you names, ridicules you, or is critical about your body
- Your partner pressures you to engage in sexual activity.