Healthy Relationships

Signs of Abusive Relationships

How do you know you’re in an abusive relationship? The following is a list of warning signs for potentially abusive relationships.

These warning signs are presented as guidelines and cues to pay attention to, not as judgements on the worth of the other person.

Inquire relationships with partners who:

  • Blame you for how they treat you or for anything that happens
  • Abuse siblings, other family members, children or pets
  • Put down people, including your family and friends, or call them names
  • Are always angry at someone or something
  • Try to isolate you and control who you see or where you go
  • Nag you
  • Force you to be sexual when you don’t want to be or Cheat on you
  • Are physically rough with you (push, shove, pull, yank, restrain)
  • Take your money
  • Take advantage of you
  • Accuse you of flirting or coming on to others or cheating on them
  • Ignore you, or give you the silent treatment
  • Abuse alcohol or other drugs
  • Have a history of trouble with the law
  • Get into fights
  • Break and destroy property
  • Make vulgar comments about others in your presence
  • Tell you how to dress / act/ behave
  • Threaten to killl themselves if you break up with them
  • Tell you they cannot live without you
  • Tell you you’re the greatest one minute them rip you apart the next minute
  • Tell you to shut up or tell you you’re dumb, stupid, fat, or call you some other name
  • Compare you to other partners

Some other cues that might indicate an abusive relationship might include:

  • You feel afraid to break up with them
  • You feel tied down
  • You feel like you have to check in
  • You feel afraid to make decisions or bring up certain subjects
  • You tell yourself that if you just try harder and love your partner enough that everything will be just fine
  • You find yourself crying a lot, being depressed or unhappy 

What can you do if you’re in an abusive relationship? For Support, Call: Elmwood Community Resource Center at (204) 982-1720, or
Klinic 24 hour Crisis Line at 1-888-322-3019 or (204) 786-8686.

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