• Kristina Brown

Signs You Could Be In an Abusive Relationship

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

Emotional and verbal abuse can be more difficult to identify than physical abuse. Here are some signs to look for.


  • Feeling controlled – This can be financially, verbally, how you dress, where you go and whom you spend time with. Restricting access to money, family, or friends is isolating and can be a sign of control.

  • · Feeling scared for your physical well-being.

  • · Your partner is constantly threatening to leave you or take your children away.

  • · Being put down and called names.

  • · Does your partner act the same inside of the home as he does outside of the home?

  • · Physical violence of any kind is unacceptable.

  • · Threatens to harm your children or pets.

  • · Threatens to kill themselves or you.

  • · Forces you to do things sexually that you are not comfortable with.

If you notice these signs in someone else’s partner here are things you can do to help.

Often a victim of abuse believes it is her fault. The best way to help a friend is to empower her by providing resources and information.


Victims in an abusive relationship can feel like no one else would understand and scared they have nowhere to turn. Provide information about shelters, counseling services and advocate agencies that can help.


Finally, remind them that they have value and do not deserve to be abused - verbally, emotionally, or physically.

Source: domesticshelters.org

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