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The Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse

  1. PUSHES FOR QUICK INVOLVEMENT:
    Comes on strong, claiming, "I've never felt loved like this by anyone."

  2. JEALOUS:
    Excessively possessive; calls constantly or visits unexpectedly; prevents you from going to work because "you might meet someone."

  3. CONTROLLING:
    Interrogates you intensely (especially if you're late) about whom you talked to and where you were; keeps all the money; insist you ask permission to do anything.

  4. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:
    Expects you to be the perfect mate and meet his every need.

  5. ISOLATION:
    Tries to cut you off from family and friends; accuses people who are your supporters of "causing trouble."

  6. BLAMES OTHERS FOR PROBLEMS OR MISTAKES:
    It's always someone else's fault if something goes wrong.

  7. MAKES OTHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS FEELINGS:
    The abuser says, "You make me angry," instead of "I am angry," or says, "You're hurting me by not doing what I tell you."

  8. HYPERSENSITIVITY:
    Is easily insulted, claiming hurt feelings when he is really mad.

  9. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND CHILDREN:
    Kills or punishes animals brutally. Also, may expect children to do things that are far beyond their ability (whips a 3-year-old for wetting a diaper) or may tease them until they cry.

  10. "PLAYFUL" USE OF FORCE DURING SEX:
    Enjoys throwing you down or holding you down against your will during sex.

  11. VERBAL ABUSE:
    Constantly criticizes or says blatantly cruel, hurtful things; degrades, curses, calls you ugly names.

  12. RIGID ROLES:
    Expects you to serve, obey and remain at home.

  13. SUDDEN MOOD SWINGS:
    Switches from sweet to violent in minutes.

  14. PAST BATTERING:
    Admits to hitting a mate in the past, but says the person "made" him do it.

  15. THREATS OF VIOLENCE:
    Says things like, "I'll break your neck," or "I'll kill you," and then dismisses them with, "I didn't really mean it."

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The Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse