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Am I in an Abusive Relationship?

You may be in an abusive relationship if your partner:

  • Puts you down when you are feeling good about yourself.
  • Is aggressive, distrustful, or mean toward people of your gender.
  • Does not listen to you or ignores you.
  • Refuses to talk about or listen to your concerns.
  • Attacks any part of who you are (beliefs, values, interests, or personality).
  • Tries to embarass you in front of others.
  • Disrespects, insults, humiliates, or demeans you in any way.
  • Questions where you’re going, with whom, and how long you’ll be gone.
  • Tries to tell you who you can and cannot spend time with (including friends, family, and co-workers).
  • Tries to control what you do, what you wear, who you see, or how you act.
  • Is jealous and suspicious.
  • Does not have close friends of their own.
  • Does not take responsibility for their own life and actions, often blaming others (including you) when things go wrong.
  • Does not respect your boundaries and personal space.
  • Attempts to guilt you into having sex.
  • Forces you to do sex acts you do not want to do.
  • Tries to scare you by doing dangerous things (such as driving too fast).
  • Becomes angry or violent when using alcohol or drugs.
  • Threatens you, your friends, family, or pets.
  • Threatens to kill themselves if you do not do what they want or if you leave them.
  • Has ever hit, pushed, kicked, slapped, or strangled you, or otherwise caused physical harm to you.

Does this Sound Familiar?

If you think you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, call our free and confidential 24/7 Help/Crisis Line at 1-773-583-HOPE (4673).

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