End domestic abuse

To the editor:

Are you in a relationship where he/she:

says everything is your fault?

intentionally talks down to you?

says or does things to belittle or degrade you?

tries to isolate you physically or socially?

threatens or intimidates in attempts to attain something?

won’t apologize or admit fault?

cannot stop arguing or fighting?

follows you around and won’t leave you alone?

ignores your wants and needs?

makes you feel uncomfortable or scared?

doesn’t listen to your thoughts or feelings?

intentionally alters your vehicle or personal property?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

While every situation is different, abusive relationships have many similarities. Abuse doesn’t always leave visible marks.

Educate you and children in your life on signs of abusive relationships.

If you think you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, seek help. There is hope. There is help. No man, woman, or child should have to live in fear.

Do your part in ending domestic abuse. Talk about it. It’s happening. Make every month domestic abuse prevention month. There’s power in education.

If you need help, contact Crisis Intervention at {800) 479-9071.

Heather Casey

Lakota