These behaviors can be VERBAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL and/or PHYSICAL. LGBTQ Power and Control Wheel *Fear-danger to self & others, retaliation*Lack of alternative housing*Social isolation – family, friends, community*Lack of understanding – family, friends, community*Fear of unknown; fear of police/court involvement*"Acceptable violence"- acclimated over time*No knowledge of resources*Time – needed to plan & prepare to leave*Religious Beliefs*Cultural Beliefs*Duty to make relationship work for image, children, etc*Responsibility (gender roles – up to her to make it work)*Belief in the "American dream" or happily ever after story*Belief that family-of-origin violence is standard and normal*Family & Friends pressure to work on relationship issues Relationship violence does not discriminate.Violence does not recognize gender, ethnicity, color, socio-economic status, sexual/affectional orientation or age.Often we see relationship violence portrayed in the media as physical or sexual violence.

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If you feel you may be in a relationship of power and control, it is not your fault and you are not to blame.

The ETSU Counseling Center (423-439-3333) can offer support and confidentiality as you explore your options towards staying safe and taking care of yourself.

VAV counselors work with individuals to understand what is happening in their relationship.

VAV does not pressure anyone to end their relationship - we trust that you are the expert in your life.

It’s not because the film is set in the lead up to Christmas …

there are hundreds of perfectly sweet movies that fit that criterion. We’re overworked, we’re stressed, we’re stressed in our relationships or not having one!

We even struggle to get 8 hours of sleep and spend less time doing the things we love.

We lose ourselves in this fast-paced and demanding world.

For mum Mums love sentimental gifts, so anything that captures memories like photo albums or even personalised jewellery are a great gift idea.

Stores like Officeworks and […] There’s a good reason the film Love Actually is trotted out every year at Christmas so we can all watch it for the 15th time.

Often survivors of relationship violence feel alone.