A Writing Rose

Santuary for Women

Domestic Violence


There are warning signs of unhealthy relationships and we need to know what they are and we need to teach our children what they are too.

Warning signs to look out for include:

controlling behavior, extreme jealousy, explosive temper, constant criticism, giving orders, possessive of time spent with family and friends, extreme mood swings, blaming others and hardly ever themselves, alcohol and drug abuse, using force or violence to solve problems, isolation, name calling, belittlement, using the victim as the butt of “humorous jokes and stories”. Then there are the signs of physical abuse: kicking, hair pulling, forcing sexual acts, hitting, grabbing, slapping, throwing things, pinching, shoving, pushing.

Here is a site that discusses signals of an unhealthy relationship. Click Here.

While there are more things to list as signs of an unhealthy relationship and domestic violence, this is a good starting point. If you or your family are in danger and fear for your safety, the best thing to do is get out and get help. For a starting place to get help click here.

The phone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-799-SAFE end_of_the_skype_highlighting (7233), 1-800-787-3224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-787-3224 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (TTY) You can also call your local domestic violence center to talk with someone about what you are going through or if you suspect a loved one is going through abuse.

Not a fun topic to discuss but definitely one we need to educate ourselves and our children on.

Be safe.



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