Signs of abusive dating relationships
If you think you're in an abusive relationship, it's time to get out of it.
Points of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department of Justice.Or you mistrust your instincts that your boyfriend or husband is lying to you, demeaning and controlling you.Worse yet, you may think you are overreacting and crazy — as he claims you are.Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied.This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical.Emotional abuse often begins subtly and increases in severity over time.
Batterers use emotional abuse gain power and control over their victims.
NOTE: You can be in an emotionally abusive relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, male or female friend, family member, boss or co-worker.
An abuser’s goal is to affect and control the emotions, objective reasoning, and the behavior of his victim.
If you’ve never been involved with a cunning, pathological lying, narcissistic, abusive partner, you may not know what you’re dealing with.
When you date an abusive personality, you may buy into his charm, braggadocio, and phony façade while downplaying his inconsiderate and questionable behavior.
The abuser fosters an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, instability, and unpredictability.