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What are the signs of domestic abuse?

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If you’re afraid of your partner, that’s a big red flag. You may be scared to say what you think, to bring up certain topics, or to say no to sex. No matter the reason, fear has no place in a healthy relationship.

If you feel like you’re being abused, there’s a good chance you may be, and it’s worth getting help. Keep that in mind as you think about these signs:

Your partner bullies, threatens, or controls you:

  • Accuses you of having an affair
  • Blames you for abuse
  • Criticizes you
  • Tells you what to wear and how you should look
  • Threatens to kill you or someone close to you
  • Throws things or punches walls when angry
  • Yells at you and makes you feel small

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

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