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How to Tell if Your Relationship is Abusive
Abusive relationships, both physically and emotionally, are actually a very common problem that is often ignored or excused. However, these kinds of relationships are very dangerous to a person’s physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many people in abusive relationships do not realize they are in one or justify their partner’s behavior out of love or fear.
Physical abuse is usually easier to recognize, as it often deals with punching, kicking, pushing or other forceful behavior. This also includes sexual abuse, which is when one person in a relationship forces the other to participate in sexual activities without their consent. It is important to remember that your partner’s behavior is still considered abuse no matter how minor it may seem and regardless of how many times it has happened in the past. In many instances physical abuse will start off small, with a light push or other minor contact, and gradually get worse up to the point where you could potentially be at risk of death.
Emotional abuse is often a lot more difficult to spot, as it can deal with various aspects of the relationship and can come with or without physical aggression. Many men and women suffer from this type of abuse because they do not recognize it as a problem or think it is normal of typical relationships. However, this is not the case
Emotional abuse includes yelling, threats, blaming, name-calling, humiliation and other types of controlling or manipulating behavior. In many instances, the abuser will use finances to control you by stealing from you, withholding money or interfering with your career. They may also try to control other aspects your life, such as the time you spend with family and friends. Although at first emotional abuse may not seem as destructive as physical abuse, it can actually be just as scarring if not worse. Emotional abuse can cause low self-esteem, depression, lack of trust and other serious mental and emotional issues that will be very difficult to overcome.
If you feel that you may be in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship, you need to speak up. Many people stay quiet out of fear, while others have hope that the relationship will improve. In most cases, the abuse will only continue to get worse. Do not wait until your abuser has caused you serious physical and emotional damage to get help. If you suspect you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can call either the police or a help center. For more information on abusive relationships and how to place restraining orders in Irvine, visit this website.
Paul advises people on divorce and family law matters. You can find his thoughts at family attorney tips blog
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