Relationship Violence: What can I do if I’m being abusive to my partner?
What can I do if I’m being abusive to my partner?
- Stop using abuse of any form (physical, sexual, economic or emotional), including threats and intimidation.
- Accept responsibility for your behavior. Remember that the use of violence is a choice and you can choose to change that behavior.
- Do not make excuses for your violence or blame your partner for your abusive behavior.
- Seek professional help from a qualified counselor who is knowledgeable about partner abuse.
- Alcohol, drug use or mental health problems may make abusive situations worse but they are not excuses for abusive behavior.
- Contact an on-campus resource:
- Shepherd University Counseling Center, 304-876-5161
- Dave Cole, Dean of Students
- Dr. Marie DeWalt, Title IX Coordinator
- Any member of the Shepherd University Police Department
- Any member of the Residence Life Staff
- Contact an off-campus resource: o The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)