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How to Recognize the Signs of an Abusive Relationship

How to Recognize the Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Domestic abuse occurs when a person is in an intimate relationship or marriage and one tries to dominate the other person. This can happen to any gender, age, ethnicity, and the couple’s history together does not matter. Domestic abuse can destroy your self-worth, make you feel helpless and alone, and even leads to anxiety and depression. The first step in getting help to never be in this situation again is to recognize the signs of your partner controlling your life.

If you feel the need to walk on eggshells around your partner and that you have to watch carefully what you say or do, it means you are afraid of your partner and that there is a chance you feel threatened. Abusers use guilt, fear, shame and intimidation to get what they want from you. They can use physical force against someone which can cause a serious injury and put your life in danger.

Physical abuse includes being forced to participate in any unwanted, degrading, unsafe sexual activity as well as forced sex. It does not matter how long you have been in this relationship or the amount of times you and your partner have had sex. Sex always requires consent. There is no such thing as better or worse physical abuse. Even a small action like a push can lead to a severe injury. Being hit only once or twice should not be tolerated or make you feel you like deserve it.

Emotional abuse involves name-calling, yelling, blaming, and shaming. It is all manipulation to make you feel like there is no way out of the relationship or that you will be nothing without the abuser in your life. They can threaten violence on you or other threats if you do not obey their every command. Financial threats can also be considered emotional abuse when your partner controls the money you spend, withholds money from you, wants a daily account of what and how much you spend, and steals money from you.

It is crucial that you recognize these signs as soon as they come at you or the cycle of domestic violence will continue if your kids witness these violent acts. In their own relationships, they might think if their partner abuses them that it is considered normal since their own parents did the same thing. Always seek help before something drastic happens to you or your children.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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