Relationship Abuse: What Is It?

Does your partner do any of the following: hurt or injure you, emotionally, physically or spiritually, force sexual activity on you, use hurtful or insulting language, or repeatedly tries to make you mistrust what you know to be reality?

If the answer to any of these is yes, then you may be in an abusive relationship.  Here are some specific signs that you are being abused:

  • Your partner blames you for his/her problems
  • Your partner tries to control your behavior
  • Your partner criticizes or humiliates you frequently
  • Your partner feels he/she owns you and has certain rights over you
  • Is extremely jealous, even of friends & family
  • Isolates you; needs to know where you are at all times
  • Angers easily
  • Believes in traditional strong male/female roles-men should be in control,
    women should be quiet & passive
  • Makes you afraid of what he/she will do if you end the relationship
  • Threatens & intimidates you
  • Limits your access to money
  • Has a history of violence
  • Your relationship swings back & forth between a lot of emotional distance
    and being very close
  • You stay in the relationship because of fear

Recovery from any type of relationship abuse takes time.   Read More…