Am important issue women should be aware of is domestic violence. Leslie Payne is the Executive Director of Meridian's Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter. She says domestic violence relationships are more common than many think and statistics show that women are much more likely to be the victims.
Whether one is the abuser or the victim, Payne says there are signs to look for.
"A lot of times there is isolation of a victim from friends and family. They certainly use economic abuse where maybe the victim doesn't know how much money's in the check book, doesn't have access to the funds, using the children, male privilege, one of the main ones is what we call minimizing, denying, and blaming, " says Payne.
Payne says the abuser will minimize, deny, and blame what they did on the victim to rationalize their actions.