Abusive Relationships

Are you in an abusive relationship?  Abuse can take on many forms including but not limited to:
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Psychological abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Treat of abuse: intimidation, controlling, domineering
  • Physical aggression or assault:  hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, and throwing objects
  • Verbal abuse:  withholding, bullying, defaming, defining, trivializing, harassing, diverting, interrogating, accusing, blaming, blocking, countering, lying, berating, taunting, put downs, abuse disguised as a joke, discounting, threatening, name-calling, yelling and raging
  • Mental Maltreatment
  • Financial abuse: intimidation, controlling, domineering

Often in adult-couple relationships abuse is difficult to recognize.  The abuse often is done in private, where the partner of the abuser is the only one that hears it or experiences it.  The abuse often intensifies over time so the partner that is being abused becomes used to and adaptive to the treatment.  Abuse takes on many forms and is often supported within our culture and our community.  You can get help and support if you are currently in an abusive relationship or seeking to heal and get support after leaving an abusive relationship.  Being in a short or long-term abusive relationship can have an impact on one’s self-esteem, sense of safety, wellbeing, and sense that they can trust themselves and others.


Abuse and Safehouses

Social Services

Books: Trauma and Abuse

Patricia Evans: www.verbalabuse.com