Warning Signs of Abuse

You may be abused, or at high risk of abuse if you:

  • Are frightened of your partner's temper
  • Often give in because you are afraid to hurt your partner's feelings or are afraid to make your partner feel jealous.
  • Have the urge to "rescue" your partner when troubled.
  • Find yourself apologizing to yourself or to others for your partner's behaviour.
  • Have been hit, kicked, shoved or had things thrown at you when your partner was jealous or angry.
  • Make decisions about activities and friends according to what your partner wants, or how your partner will react.
  • Drink heavily or use drugs, (or your partner does).
  • Have a partner who uses the children to try to control or upset you.
  • Are afraid of being criticized or put down, called names, or embarrassed in front of others by your partner.
  • Have a partner who has trouble expressing feelings appropriately, and takes out anger on you or others.
  • Are forced by your partner into any unwanted sexual activities or are called any sexually degrading names.
  • Have a partner who believes that it is his/her role to be in charge.
  • Have been abused as a child or have witnessed your mother endure abuse (some people).