Nonverbal Signs of Domestic Abuse in the Victim:
- Won’t may eye contact with the abusive intimate partner.
- Looks to abuser for nonverbal cues.
- Is apprehensive when interviewed or counseled.
- Is easily startled when there’s a sudden noise, such as a door shutting or opening, or when approached from behind.
- Seems to be overly worried about his or her children’s safety when they’re not with him or her.
- Is depressed, having suicidal thoughts.
- Exhibits emotional numbness.
- Has psychosomatic complaints, such as frequent headaches or stomachaches.
- Cancels appointments and plans at last minute with no logical explanation.
Nonverbal Signs in the Batterer:
- Clenches fist.
- Contorts face.
- Aggressiveness in eyes.
- Silences victim by staring at him or her.
- Interrupts and/or corrects victim when being interviewed or counseled.
- Controls the money, food, cars and phone usage.
- Shows excessive amount of concern to others over victim’s state of being.