Personal Intervention & Support Bullying/Harrassment, Domestic Abuse, & Sexual Assault
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Abuse can be physical or emotional! Abuse is a pattern. It is not being hit once. It is one person scaring the other person into doing what he/she wants the other partner to do. It is about one person controlling the other. There are many different methods of control (ways in which one person can make the other person do what he wants). The Power and Control Wheel (see section 4 Safe House manual below) shows some of the different ways in which one person can control another. Many partners do not think of themselves as "battered", esp if it is emotional abuse. They do not see the things their partners do to them as abusive, and they do not see how those things are part of a pattern. Assailants blame everyone and everything but themselves for their abuse. They try to convince their partners that they have good reasons or excuses for the abuse (I love you so much. If you didn't talk to other people I wouldn't get so jealous & angry).
Talking about bullying directly is an important step in understanding how the issue might be affecting kids. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but it is important to encourage kids to answer them honestly. Assure kids that they are not alone in addressing any problems that arise. All school professional are prepared to adress the issue. Additional help can be found by talking to your School Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist and Administrators.
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call theLIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) .
SafeHouse Center SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic abuse or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Our services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and especially, hope.
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