Relationship abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.
An abusive relationship isn’t just physical violence, it’s also when someone purposefully controls, manipulates or threatens another person. It could be something as ‘harmless’ as monitoring where you spend your money or your social media accounts.
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There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about what abuse is and who it can affect.
When it comes to understanding whether or not you or a friend are in an abusive relationship, always trust your gut. Chances are if it doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. However, here are some of the common signs we recommend you look out for.
- Threaten or humiliate you, alone or in front of others?
- Damage your belongings?
- Control what you do?
- Control who you talk to and what you do online?
- Control how you spend or access money?
- Follow or visit you without your permission?
- Criticise you and constantly put you down?
- Blame their culture, religion or personal problems as an excuse for their behaviour toward you?
- Push, bully, slap, kick, punch or seriously hurt you?
- Force you to have sex with them?
- Force you to make decisions you don’t want to?
- Make you fear your safety?
- Low self-esteem
- Extremely apologetic
- Developing a drug or alcohol problem
- Low mood
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Talking about or attempting suicide
- ‘Walking on eggshells’ around their partner
- Getting excessive calls or texts from their partner checking where they are
- Have frequent bruises or injuries with a weak or inconsistent explanation, e.g. black eyes, broken bones, red marks on their neck, sprained wrists
If you think you may be responsible for making someone close to you feel this way, we can help you too. We have a specialist team that can support you to break the cycle of abusive behaviour, and learn to demonstrate love in a safe and healthy way. We’re not here to judge you, we’re here to help.
Imagine a world where no one has to live through an abusive relationship or feel trapped in the cycle of abusive behaviour. That world is possible, but it starts at the heart of the issue, working to end abuse at the source and bringing recovery, education and prevention together to make a lasting impact.
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