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How can I tell if I am in an abusive relationship?

It may be hard to recognize you are in an abusive relationship before a serious physical assault happens. However, there are warning signs that can help you identify an abusive relationship before things get out of control.

You have the right to a safe and healthy relationship…

free from violence and free from fear.

Warning Signs

Know the warning signs. There are abusive behaviors often overlooked that can be early indicators that your relationship is headed in the wrong direction.


Remember not all of these signs will be in every abusive relationship. But, if you answer yes to any of the following questions, seek help to assist you in deciding if your relationship is as healthy as you deserve.


Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex


What should I do if I think I might be in an abusive relationship?


If you recognize any of the above warning signs in your relationship, you may be in an abusive relationship. Remember that you have many options. A victim advocate is available to assist you with any decision you make.


Let your partner know that you won’t tolerate abuse. Create a plan to stay safe, whether you end the relationship or not. Call the police if you are ever in danger or need help. And know your legal rights, especially when you are ready to leave.



The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.

by greenc08 — last modified Jun 08, 2016 02:17 PM

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