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Passages offers a hotline for victims of verbal abuse
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PASSAGES, a Program for Victims of Domestic Vio-lence and Sexual Assault, hoped to draw attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April with the placement of blue pinwheels. Pin-wheels were placed in various locations, including Richland Center and Viroqua. In 2018, Passages served 358 sexual assualt victims and 245 children.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN - So many times, victims of domestic violence think that abuse is only physical. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, abuse comes in several different forms from physical, to emotional and verbal. 

What exactly is emotional and verbal abuse? This can range from insults and attempts to scare, isolate or control you.

Emotional and verbal abuse may start suddenly.  In the beginning, many abusers purposefully give a lot of love and attention, including compliments, and will go out of his/her way to see the victim often. The abuser tries to make the victim think that they have a strong bond like it’s everyone else against the two of them.

After a while, the abuser starts to insult or threaten the victim and control various parts of their lives. This leaves the victim feeling shocked and confused. The victim may feel embarrassed or foolish for getting into the relationship.

Any abuse, whether physical, emotional or verbal, is never the victim’s fault.

If you are a victim of abuse, Passages is here to help. Please call our crisis hotline at            800-236- HEAL (4325) or Glenda, Crawford County Domestic Violence Outreach Advocate at 608-485-0233.