It can be difficult to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Although no two relationships are the same, there are signs to pay attention to. Here are some common warning signs of an abusive relationship:

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Checking cell phones, emails, or Facebook without permission
  • Asking several questions about where you were, who you were with, etc.
  • Frequent belittling and put-downs
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Possessive and controlling behaviors/attitudes
  • Cutting down others, such as past partners, can be a sign they will do the same to you
  • Making false accusations
Learn other ways relationships can be unhealthy or abusive by exploring the power and control wheel.

Personal Advocacy

Our Legal,  Domestic Violence, and Family and Youth Advocates meet with victims both on an individual basis as well as facilitating support groups for victims.  They provide not only emotional support, but also information pertaining to health and legal issues, victim rights and compensation, as well as provide referrals to other agencies.

Information and Referrals

The Bridge to Hope maintains and updates all relevant community resource information for both Dunn and Pepin County.  We also train our staff on a regular basis as to what resources are available.  In this way we are able to not only refer our clients to the needed agency, but also to factually answer any type of crisis or information call we receive on our 24/7 telephone line.

 

Presentations and Awareness Events

Staff from the Bridge presents to schools, clubs, and civic organizations. We’ve reached more than 2,028 individuals through these avenues. We frequently write informational articles for area newspapers, as well as appearing on T.V. and radio stations.  We have blanketed the area with posters raising awareness of our services, and encouraging victims to seek help.