One in three women will be involved in an abusive relationship in her lifetime. It is important to understand the possible warning signs of abuse in order to keep yourself safe.
Reliance on Gender Slurs and Gender-Based Stereotypes
For example, a man who thinks “all women” are anything—whether sensitive, emotional, manipulative, or something else are men who see all women as the same, rather than individuals. And that's a glaring red flag for potential abuse.
Everything Is Someone Else's Fault
To lead a balanced and happy life, you have to be willing to learn from your experiences. If everything is someone else's fault, you've encountered someone who can't take responsibility. And irresponsibility can lead to abuse.
Too Eager to Get Too Close
We all love the preliminary rush of new love, but someone who's pressuring you to move too quickly may want to quickly gain control over your life.
Jealousy and Control
We all feel a little jealous from time to time, and it's normal to want some say in how your partner does things. A person who is jealous in response to ordinary events, though, is a whole other story. If your partner seems obsessed with controlling you, it may be time to get help.
Isolating You From Others
It's easier to get away with abuse when the person you're abusing has no one from whom to seek help. Abusers often begin isolating their victims from loved ones early in the relationship. He might refuse to meet your friends, or begin subtly manipulating you by bashing your loved ones. If he hates everyone in your life, this could be a sign that you are in an abusive relationship.
Abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in these warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.