Warning signs of abuse
Is this abuse?
Dating abuse is a pattern of coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse isn’t also dating violence; we simply recognize that dating violence tends to involve a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
What to look for & more
Relationships exist on a spectrum and it can sometimes be hard to tell when a behavior goes from healthy to unhealthy (or even abusive). Typical warning signs of abuse from your partner include:
Checking your phone, email, or social media accounts without your permission.
Putting you down frequently, especially in front of others.
Isolating you from friends or family (physically, financially, or emotionally).
Extreme jealousy or insecurity.
Explosive outbursts, temper, or mood swings.
Any form of physical harm.
Possessiveness or controlling behavior.
Pressuring you or forcing you to have sex.
Relationship abuse is all about power and control. While you may be unwilling or unable to leave your relationship right now, it’s important to remember that abusive partners are unlikely to change their behavior.
Your first priority should always be your personal safety and your safety in the future. Contact us 24/7 via text, phone, or chat to discuss your situation and identify possible signs of abuse in your relationship.