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Warning signs of an abuser

Published on October 12, 2017 1:47PM

• Extreme jealousy

• Possessiveness

• Unpredictability

• Bad temper

• Cruelty to animals

• Verbal abuse

• Extremely controlling behavior

• Antiquated beliefs about roles of women and men in relationships

• Forced sex, or disregard of their partner’s unwillingness to have sex

• Sabotage of birth control methods or refusal to honor agreed upon methods

• Blaming the victim for anything bad that happens

• Sabotage or obstruction of the victim’s ability to work or attend school

• Controls all the finances

• Abuse of other family members, children or pets

• Accusations of the victim flirting with others or having an affair

• Control of what the victim wears and how they act

• Demeaning the victim either privately or publicly, may say “It was just a joke”

• Embarrassment or humiliation of the victim in front of others

• Harassment at work

Shelly Whale-Murphy, executive director of Heart of Grant County added that “normal marriages or relationships have normal disagreements, but they’re worked out with love and kindness, and that makes the difference between an abusive relationship and a normal relationship.”


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