About Abuse

Let’s talk about domestic abuse. It’s a tough topic to tackle. Many people don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to hear or even believe the ugly truth. But we must talk about abuse. Bring it out of the darkness. Shed some light on it.  We need to work together to educate … Continued

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Signs of Abuse

How Can You Help if You Know Someone Is Being Abused? We understand that witnessing or even suspecting abuse can be traumatic. Maybe you feel you shouldn’t interfere in other people’s business. Or you’re not sure if your friend or neighbor or loved one is being abused and you don’t want to falsely accuse anyone. Maybe … Continued

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Physical Abuse

Most of us recognize that punching, hitting, kicking, pulling hair, pushing and slamming someone onto or into a hard surface, burning, biting and strangulation—are all obvious ways to inflict physical violence on another person. Using a weapon is, of course, also a very serious abuse that can result in deadly injuries. Cuts, bumps and bruises, … Continued

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Emotional & Verbal Abuse

Emotional abuse can sneak into a relationship. It’s a serious form of control and manipulation. Emotional abuse can be used by any intimate partner (male or female, a friend, parent, grown child, same-sex couple and so on). Here are some of the signs of verbal and emotional abuse:  He/she puts you down in front of … Continued

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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to a woman, a man or a child. It can happen at any age. It can even happen within a marriage or other intimate relationship. But sexual abuse is never okay, regardless of the relationship. We recognize that sexual abuse can be difficult to talk about; it can be embarrassing and … Continued

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Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships

You should know that abuse happens in same-sex relationships at the same rate as it does in opposite-sex relationships. Whatever your relationship, know that physical, emotional and verbal abuse are unacceptable. Call Esperanza; seek counseling; find a safe way out. We will help because we know that you deserve better. We find that in LGBTQI … Continued

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Teen Dating Abuse

Are you concerned that you or someone you care about is in a dating relationship that is unhealthy or dangerous? Although we often think of the teen years as “sweet” or “fun” or “without worries,” the truth is teens can be suffering abuse within their relationships as well. Dating violence can be physical, emotional or … Continued

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Elder Abuse

As our population ages, we are seeing more cases of elder abuse. Abuse can happen in a home setting or at a professional health facility. Seniors are sometimes not able to defend themselves when they’ve grown physically frail, are easily confused or eager to trust someone in their time of need. If you suspect elder … Continued

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Child Abuse

Did you know that in homes experiencing domestic violence, children are 15% more likely to be abused or neglected? Obvious signs of child abuse include physical signs of violence such as bruises, cuts and bite marks. Other signs of abuse or neglect include sudden or unexpected withdrawal from friends or normal activities; lack of self-esteem; … Continued

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Animal Abuse

One of the many ways an abuser will try to control you—his victim—is by threatening to hurt your pets. Your abuser might even go as far as harming or killing your pet. The idea of losing a beloved furry friend is devastating to any animal lover. Remember that the threat of hurting your pet is … Continued

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