Recognizing the Hidden Signs of Domestic Violence

Recognizing the Hidden Signs of Domestic Violence

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.