Prevention of violence in the partnership

In the context of the Orange Campaign 2022, Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) clubs will raise awareness of the signs of a toxic relationship that will most likely end badly, in the form of physical violence.

We believe that violence should not happen in the first place and that it can be prevented by knowing the warning signs.

What about YOU? Have you noticed any of the following signs in your romantic relationship?
READ THE SIGNS and reflect on them!

Intensity

exaggerating gestures, insisting that things get serious right away, flooding you with text messages and emails

Jealousy

banning you to talking to the opposite sex, pressing you to know private details of your life, crossing personal boundaries

Control

unauthorised checking of your phone or emails, dictating to you on how to dress and behave, showing up uninvited

Isolation

preventing you from seeing your friends or family, taking up all of your free time, badmouthing your social contacts

 

Criticism

making negative comments about your appearance, downgrading your skills, disrespect your opinion, constantly questioning your personality

Sabotage

occasionally hiding your belongings or lying insistently to you making you believe you are crazy, causing you miss school or work

Blame

making you responsible, and blaming you for their problems, disclaiming their personal liability

Anger

having severe mood swings, overreacting to issues with uncontrollable outbursts of rage, pressuring you sexually, making you feel afraid

If you repeatedly observe these behavioral signs, then you should question the relationship. These are the first signs of dominance, which could end in psychological and even physical violence.

What should you do if you realize you may be in a toxic relationship?

… then it’s time to act!  You have to talk to a friend or another trustworthy person.

With the following link you can get professional help in YOUR COUNTRY:
https://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/help-lines

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