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Warning Signs

Am I Being Abused?

Typically, abusers become violent or hurtful out of their strong desire to have complete control.  However, it can sometimes be challenging for people to realize when they are a part of an abusive relationship.  Below are some common warning signs of domestic violence. If any of this occurs in your relationship or that of someone you know, it is a red flag indicating that the relationship is not entirely healthy.

Does your loved one…

  • make you afraid of them?
  • make fun of you in front of your family or friends?
  • put down your accomplishments or goals?
  • make you feel like you can’t make decisions?
  • use force or threats to make you do what he/she wants?
  • tell you that you are nothing without him/her?
  • treat you roughly – grab, push, shove or hit you?
  • constantly call or show up to make sure you are where you said you would be?
  • blame you for how he/she feels or acts?
  • prevent you from doing things you would like?
  • deny your basic needs such as food or medical assistance?
  • call you bad and hurtful names?
  • try to control what you do, who you see and when?

If any of these warning signs are a part of your relationship, consider calling one of PADV's crisis lines.  Click here to learn more about the different kinds of domestic abuse.