What are the Signs of an Abusive Relationship?

Domestic abuse is a very real problem that impacts millions of women nationwide. Quite often, these abusive relationships start out innocently enough, and the woman never suspects that her partner might become violent. By understanding some of the early signs of a potentially abusive relationship, you can avoid dangerous individuals before acts of violence occur.


Passionate behavior is often misinterpreted as a sign of true romance. Early in a relationship, a partner may offer intense levels of attention and praise — even going so far to say things like “I can’t live without you.” While this may seem romantic, it often leads into other, more sinister behaviors, such as invading your privacy and disrespecting your boundaries.


Other behaviors that warn of domestic abuse include being overly possessive or taking steps to isolate you from friends and family. Your partner may make excessive (and unasked-for) comments about things you should/shouldn’t do, or make you feel like you need to ask permission to do certain things. If you don’t do what they want, you’re faced with emotional withdrawals.


These warning behaviors will often lead to criticism and other forms of verbal and emotional abuse. Don’t assume that this is normal, or that you deserve to be treated this way. Instead, seek help and try to get out of the relationship before an act of physical violence takes place.