Signs of abusive dating relationships

15 Oct

When people think of domestic abuse, they often focus on domestic violence.

An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb.

If your partner displays a combination of these behaviors, he/she may be a batterer and abuser: Emotional abuse can escalate into physical violence under certain circumstances.

Here are some risk factors associated with an increased severity in abuse: If you recognize any of these patterns or warning signs, you are not alone.

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