Dating violence cycle of violence
And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally.
The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence.
Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person.
Physical assault or battering is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family.
To determine whether your relationship is abusive, answer the questions below.
The more “yes” answers, the more likely it is that you’re in an abusive relationship.
When people think of domestic abuse, they often focus on domestic violence.
But domestic abuse occurs whenever one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person.
Just because you’re not battered and bruised doesn’t mean you’re not being abused.
You may think that physical abuse is far worse than emotional abuse, since physical violence can send you to the hospital and leave you with scars.
The scars of emotional abuse are very real, though, and they run deep.
Studies indicate that if your spouse/partner has injured you once, it is likely he will continue to physically assault you.
The physical assaults stopped when you became passive and gave up your right to express yourself as you desire, to move about freely and see others, and to make decisions. This can be as equally frightening and is often more confusing to try to understand.