How do I know if I am in an abusive relationship?

You or someone you love may be in an abusive relationship if you experience ANY of the below described situations. There is a way out. You can ask for help. You are not alone. There are many options and resources available to help you.

  • You are frightened by your partner’s temper.
  • You feel intimidated by your partner.
  • You often give in because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction.
  • You find yourself being criticized for daily things, such as your cooking, clothes, and/or appearance.
  • You are humiliated or degraded by name-calling, put-downs, and accusations.
  • Your partner makes frequent threats to withhold money, resources, take away children or have an affair.
  • You have been forced or pressured into having sex.
  • Your partner accuses you of being unfaithful.
  • You have been kicked, hit, shoved, restrained or had things thrown at you by your partner.
  • You feel isolated and alone.
  • Partner humiliates you in private and/ or in front of other people.
  • Your partner threatens to harm himself or herself if you leave.
  • Your partner prevents you from taking a job you wanted or going to school or having hobbies.
  • Your partner prohibits you from spending time with friends and family who you want to interact with.
  • Your partner manipulates you into doing things you feel are wrong or harmful.