Providing Services to Family Violence, Dating Violence & Sexual Assault Survivors/Victims in 5 counties: Smith, Henderson, Van Zandt, Wood & Rains

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Providing Shelter,

Crisis Counseling,

and Education.

End Abuse

Help is Available

24 Hour Hotline: 903-595-5591


Life changing decision is NOW

Call our Hotline 1-800-333-0358
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Know the Red Flags

Some consequences in life are obvious. Run out of bounds, get a penalty. Drive 40 mph in a school zone, get a ticket. Relationships aren’t that clear, but they do have their own consequences. Dismiss degrading words and actions by saying, “he’s not that way all the time,” “she’s just insecure,” “you know I didn’t mean to hurt you,” or “but he really loves me,” and they almost always get worse over time. Dating violence doesn’t start with a slap. And even if things never escalate beyond control and verbal abuse, the consequence is still serious – a loss of freedom, respect, happiness, and even safety. Things we all deserve.

You may need to raise a red flag if you see or suspect that one person in a relationship…

  • Has gotten the other to the point where they’re “not quite themselves” anymore.
  • Makes the other person constantly question their actions or personality.
  • Calls or text messages the other person excessively.
  • Monitors the other person by screening their call logs, phone bills or e-mails.
  • Is always showing up unannounced at the person’s home, work or hangouts.
  • Tells the other what to do, what to wear or how to act.
  • Embarrasses the other in public or private through insults or degrading comments.
  • Acts jealous a lot and frequently accuses the other person of things (cheating, flirting, etc.).
  • Keeps the other person from doing the things they enjoy in life.
  • Doesn’t ever want the other person to spend any free time with family and friends.
  • Controls how the other spends money.
  • Uses money as a tool to keep the other person from doing things – or to make them do things.
  • Shows or hints at an explosive temper.
  • Physically harms the other person, or threatens to.
  • Forces the other person to do something sexual, even if it’s something the couple has done before.
  • Threatens to harm themselves if the other person leaves the relationship.