Shimmy Mob Abuse Resources

Recognize it! Stop it! Recover from it!

Many women assume that if they're not being physically abused by their partner, then they're not actually being abused.

Not true.

You may be in a relationship which is draining something from you — you might not have recognized that your partner has eroded your self-esteem and happiness.

What is abuse?

Abuse is not simply physical violence, and it is not just a conflict between two people.

It is a systematic pattern of behaviour used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.

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How to recognize abuse

Many women assume that if they're not being physically abused by their partner, then they're not being abused. That's not necessarily true.

You may be in a relationship which is draining something from you but you don't realize it.

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Substance abuse and domestic violence

Certainly, not everyone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol abuses his or her partner. Likewise, not every domestic violence abuser has an issue with substance abuse or misuse. However, statistics tell us that, far too often, the two are related.

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Useful books

Below is a list of books that you may find helpful (you should find any of these at your local library; submit a request for purchase, if not):

Invisible Scars

How to stop, change or end it.

— by Catharine Dowda, M.Ed, LPC

Emotional Blackmail

When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You

— by Susan Forward

But He Says He Loves Me

How to Avoid Being Trapped in a Manipulative Relationship

— by Dina L. McMillan, PhD