Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

 

If you recognize any of the behaviors listed below you, a friend or a relative may be in an abusive relationship.
  • Excessive jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Unrealistic expectations of self and others
  • Doesn’t want you to go out with friends or won’t let you come and go as you please
  • Calls on the phone all the time and spies on you
  • Constantly questions you about where you are and who are you with
  • Excessive anger over minor things
  • Breaks objects or intentionally damages your personal property
  • Verbal abuse, attacks, or accusations
  • Belittles or humiliates you
  • Makes all decisions; won’t share in planning activities
  • Dictates what you can and cannot do
  • Doesn’t respect your values; pressures you to do things you don’t feel are right
  • Cruelty to animals, children or elderly
  • Blames others for problems or actions
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Has hit or threatened someone in the past
  • Uses force during an argument
  • Threats of violence or suicide