An abuser uses behaviours to gain power and control over the victim and to try and take away their sense of self-worth.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine when the relationship goes from healthy to unhealthy. Sometimes unhealthy behaviours escalate over a period of time. Sometimes there are 'red flags' on the first date that are commonly missed or the abuse may start months or years into the relationship.
If you notice you aren't spending as much time with your friends or family, you are lying or secretive about your relationship, you are sad, scared or feeling helpless, you may be in an unhealthy relationship.
Remember this is not your fault and HELP is available.
Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial. The following are only a few examples of abusive behavior:
Abuse includes behaviours such as: