Although every relationship is different, there are telltale signs of emotional and physical abuse occurring in the domestic setting:
- Being afraid and anxious to please one's partner
- Agreeing to everything your partner says
- Receiving frequent and harassing phone calls from ones partner
- One often talking about their partners possessiveness, anger and temper
- Frequent injuries with the excuse of accidents
- Frequent absence at school, work or social events
- Dressing in clothing aimed to hide scars or bruises
- Victims have low self esteem even if previously confident
- Depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts
- Major personality changes
- A victim may be restricted from seeing family or friends
- Seldom seen in public with their partner
- Victims may have limited access to credit cards, transportation or money
If for any reason you suspect that someone you know is being abused, SPEAK UP. Talk to the person in private and let them know of your concerns. Discuss the things that you have noticed and make you worried. Show this person that you are supportive and will listen to them whenever they are ready to talk. Explain to them that your conversation will remain private, and you are ready to assist them in anyway you can.
By paying attention to the warning signs and offering support, you could help end the cycle of domestic abuse. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed and often confused. They are often isolated from their family and friends and need help.