People love those who respect them and they respect those who love them. Along with other relationships, this also holds true for intimate relationships. Love is not a possibility if one fears the other. A person in an abusive relationship never claims to love the other person. If your partner is abusive, the best step you can take is to get out of the relationship.
You can only abandon a relationship when you know the act was an abusive one and that you were a victim of abuse. In this article, we will guide you to recognize the signs of domestic violence and abuse and if needed, contact a Domestic Violence Attorney
Why do people abuse?
The sole purpose of domestic violence and abuse is to gain and maintain total control over the other partner, their thinking and behavior.
Common signs of Abuse
An abuser may use any of the following tactics to manipulate the behavior of the other partner. These tactics include fear, guilt, shame, threat, hurt and intimidation:
Emotional abuse – Abuse can be non-physical when the partner’s verbal behavior hurts the other person. It includes name-calling, yelling, blaming, shaming, intimidation, Isolation, and controlling behaviors. In addition, the abuser may threaten to physically harm the other person if the other person doesn’t obey them.
One may think that physical abuse is worse than emotional abuse, but that wouldn’t be true. Both, emotional and physical abuses are damaging. However, in many cases, emotional abuse is far more damaging. It harms the inner-self which takes years to heal and the scars it leaves often stay for life.
Economic or financial abuse – The abuser uses money to control the partner. In such cases, one should note if any or more of the following hold true for their partner.
If one or more of the above holds true, then you are in a financially abusive relationship.
Other signs of abuse
Here are other signs of living in an abusive relationship if you:
Your partner is abusing you if he/she
Be sure you notice these signs to determine whether your relationship has problems or not.