Resources

 
 

We at Heather's T.R.E.E. believe that education is one of the primary tools in helping those coping with domestic violence. Accordingly, we have accumulated the following resources we feel to be a small step in empowering domestic violence victims the world over.

Web Links

We have created an ever-growing list of categorized links and online resources

Mississippi Organizations

 

National Organizations

 

Behavior Patterns of Abusers

Below, find some of the more common signs of potential abusers.

If you or someone you know are involved in a relationship with a potential drug or physical abuser, please seek help from a counselor, family member, friend, co-worker, clergy or your local domestic violence agency or if in immediate danger, dial 911.

  1. Pushes for quick involvement:
    Comes on strong, claiming, "I've never felt loved like this by anyone." An abuser presses for an exclusive commitment almost immediately. 
     
  2. Jealous:
    Excessively possessive; prevents you from going to work because "you might meet someone"; checks the mileage on your car. 
     
  3. Controlling:  
    Interrogates you intensely (especially if you're late) about whom you talked to and where you were; keeps all the money; insists you ask permission to go anywhere or do anything. 
     
  4. Unrealistic Expectations:
    Expects you to be the perfect mate and meet his or her every need. 
     
  5. Isolation:
    Tries to cut you off from family and friends;  accuses people who are your supporters of "causing trouble." The abuser may deprive you of a phone or car, or try to prevent you from holding a job. 
     
  6. Blames others for problems or mistakes:  
    It's always someone else's fault if something goes wrong. 
     
  7. Makes others responsible for his or her feelings:
    The abuser says, "You make me angry," or "You're hurting me by not doing what I tell you." 
     
  8. Hypersensitivity:
    Is easily insulted, claiming hurt feelings when he or she is really mad.  Rants about the injustice of things that are just a part of life. 
     
  9. Cruelty to animals or children:
    Kills or punishes animals brutally.  Also may expect children to do things that are far beyond their ability (whips a 3-year old for wetting a diaper) or may tease them until they cry.  65% (sixty-five percent) of abusers who beat their partner will also abuse children. 
     
  10. "Playful" use of force during sex:
    Enjoys throwing you down or holding you against your will during sex;  finds the idea of rape exciting.
     
  11. Verbal abuse:
    Constantly criticizes or says blatantly cruel things; degrades, curses, calls you ugly names.  This may also involve sleep deprivation, waking you with relentless verbal abuse.
     
  12. Rigid gender roles:
    Expects you to serve, obey and remain at home.
     
  13. Sudden mood swings:
    Switches from sweet to violent in minutes.
     
  14. Past battering:
    Admits to hitting a mate in the past, but says the person "made" him (or her) do it.
     
  15. Threats of violence:
    Says things like, "I'll break your neck", or "I'll kill you", then dismiss them with "Everybody talks that way" or "I didn't really mean it".