How to Recognize Abusive Relationships

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Are you a victim abuse?

Maybe you recently asked yourself this question but didn’t know the answer. There are many types of abuse, and it can sometimes be hard to recognize, especially in your day-to-day life. Abuse can be especially hard to see when being abused by someone you care about. Below are some common warning signs to watch for and how to tell if you should be looking for help.

Types of Abuse: 
There are many forms of abuse, and not all of them are physical. Aside from physical harm, abuse can also be mental and emotional.

Your loved one may be abusing you with words or may manipulate your behavior.

This is known as psychological abuse. Sometimes verbal and emotional psychological abuse can be harder to spot. Many abusers try to excuse or deny their behavior and may tell their partners they are overacting and even try to convince you that you are the one with the problem.

Recognizing Abuse: 
If you are unsure about whether or not you are being abused, you can learn to recognize the classic signs of it to protect yourself. Here are some things to watch for.

1. You feel afraid.

Being afraid of your partner or loved one is a telltale sign that you are being abused. You may feel like you are always walking on eggshells around them and are never sure what reaction you might get.

2. You feel helpless or trapped.

If you feel helpless or trapped by your relationship, your partner is probably controlling you or manipulating your behavior. A controlling partner wants you to stay so they can control you.

3. You feel isolated.

Some abusers will refuse to allow their victims to see family or friends. This is another form of controlling behavior and is a cause for concern. If you feel like you can’t turn to people for help or that your abuser will find out if you do, it is a sure sign things are not normal in your relationship.

5. Making excuses for your partner.

If you find yourself regularly making excuses for your partner’s behavior, whether to yourself or others, you are probably in an abusive relationship.

These are just a few different signs you may be being abused. If you recognize any of these, even to a minimal degree, it is time to seek help.

Getting Help 

If you’re concerned you may be in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who is being abused, consider getting help from a Criminal Defense Attorney in your area. An attorney can help you make a case against an abuser and can even protect you legally should your abuser seek retribution. You can also find help and support from community groups or homes.

Recognizing abuse is the first step in freeing yourself from an unhealthy relationship. Use the above warning signs to see what other things you should watch for and avoid.

Brooke Chaplin

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening.

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