What is Abuse?

There are many warning signs that you might be in an abusive relationship.

Does your partner:

• Embarrass you with put-downs?
• Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
• Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
• Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
• Take your money, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
• Make all of the decisions?
• Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
• Prevent you from working or attending school?
• Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
• Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
• Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
• Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you?
• Force you to drop charges?
• Threaten to commit suicide?
• Threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions,
you may be in an abusive relationship. Get Help.

Don’t discount your ‘yes’ answers by telling yourself that ‘it wasn’t that bad’, he’s never left bruises’, ‘the bruises disappeared in a day or two’, ‘others have it worse’ or ‘I saw my father/mother do the same thing as I was growing up…’ Get Help.