Look for these warning signs of an abusive relationship
[Philly Voice, 4/25/19] There are about 24 victims of domestic violence every minute.
More than 12 million women and men a year are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. That is about 24 victims a minute, according to a National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey.
These are alarming numbers and unfortunately many victims suffer in silence for years either because they feel like they can’t escape the abusive relationship or they are too close to see the warning signs in their own relationship.
If you are worried that you or a family member or friend are currently in an abusive relationship, then look for these warning signs. (Sources include The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Women’s Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence )
In a healthy relationship, the partners don’t try to control each other’s every move or decision. The following behaviors should send up some red flags:
• Demanding to know where you are every minute of the day
• Keeping close tabs on your phone calls, texts and social media use
• Trying to isolate you from family and friends
• Making all your decisions for you, even minor ones like what you eat or what clothes you wear.
• Limiting your access to important resources like money, transportation and insurance.
While all relationships have ups and downs, you should never feel scared of your intimate partner. Look for these signs:
• They are always jealous of any attention you receive from others, frequently accusing you of cheating
• You are constantly in fear of upsetting them because you know there will be some sort of punishment
• They insult you all the time and humiliate you in front of others
• It is always your fault when you have a disagreement or something goes wrong in their life……
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