April 24, 2014
Health Library > Women’s Health > Spouse Abuse

Spouse Abuse

Family violence is one of the best kept secrets in America. Millions of women are subject to abuse from their boyfriends or husbands. Every couple has arguments, but there is a big difference between arguing and abuse. How can you tell the difference?

Ask yourself:

  • When your spouse or boyfriend gets angry does he hurt you physically?
  • Does he prevent you from seeing friends or family?
  • Does he make you have sex against your will?
  • Does he threaten you or yell at you?
  • Does he make you feel worthless or powerless?
  • And yet despite these bad moments, is he sometimes as sweet and reasonable as you’d like him to be?

If the answer is yes to many of these questions, then you may be in a domestic violence relationship.

Men who batter women do so many times because they themselves were abused as children or witnessed abuse at home while growing up. Battering is a learned behavior and a number of organizations exist for men who batter.

Sometimes a woman stays in a destructive relationship because she lacks confidence or self esteem. She may be afraid she won’t be able to support herself or her children. She may fear for her life if she does leave her partner.

You can protect yourself by coming up with a plan of action if a situation becomes too dangerous. You can talk to your doctor, nurse, a family member, a close friend or a clergy member.

Below is a list of organizations to contact for help or information:

Domestic Violence Centers:

Bradenton Hope Family Services HopeFamilyService.org 941-755-6805
Clearwater The HAVEN of RCS HavenRCS.org 727-442-4128
Dade City Sunrise of Pasco County SunrisePasco.org 352-521-3120
St. Petersburg CASA Casa-StPete.org 727-895-4912
Lakeland Peace River Center Peace-River.com 863-413-2700
Palmetto Hope Family Services HopeFamilyService.org 941-755-6805
Port Richey Salvation Army   727-856-5797
Sarasota SPARCC Sparcc.net 941-365-1976
Tampa The Spring TheSpring.org 813-247-7233
Sherifft Pinellas County Sheriff Department pcsoweb.com 727-587-6279
Largo Police Dept Domestic Violence Specialists domesticviolence@largo.com 727-586-7481
St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Police Dept. stpete.org/police 727-893-7618

Community Services/Resources:

Florida Abuse Hotline 800-962-2873  
Abuse Registry 800-342-9152  
Florida Statewide
Violence Hotline
800-500-1119 www.dcf.state.fl.us/domesticviolence
Child Abuse Hotline 800-962-2873  
Elder Abuse Hotline 800-453-5145  
Elder Helpline 800-963-5337  
Morton Plant Mease 24-Hour Mental Health Help Line 813-469-5499  

Medical Disclaimer: The information provided in the Contemporary Women’s Care website should be relied upon for medical education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the independent judgment of a health care provider. The appropriateness of a course of treatment for a patient may vary from the medical information provided herein due to individual conditions and/or complications.

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