One person controls the relationship by using fear, force or intimidation and eventually weakens your self-worth and confidence.Emotional or mental abuse is more obvious when your partner yells or swears using emotional bullying.If one intimate partner is using coercion, threats, physical violence, intimidation, isolation, emotional or any other type of abuse to control the other partner, it is classified as domestic violence.While many people like to believe “it could never happen to me”, in fact domestic abuse can happen to anyone in any part of the world.If your partner displays a combination of these behaviors, he/she may be a batterer and abuser: Emotional abuse can escalate into physical violence under certain circumstances.Here are some risk factors associated with an increased severity in abuse: If you recognize any of these patterns or warning signs, you are not alone.Domestic violence can include physical, emotional, sexual, economic and psychological abuse.
Abuse isn’t always limited to being physical alone and any sort of abuse in a relationship is an instant deal breaker.Not so obvious emotional abuse can include your partner giving you the “silent treatment” to control you or denying things they’ve said to you or things they have done to you.If you hear, “I don’t know what you are talking about,” and “I never said that,” these are warning signs that your partner might be emotionally abusing you.Most abusers are men and while big, loud aggressive men seem like the stereotypical abusers, even small, quiet, unassuming men can be abusive.If you have children and are living in a poisonous abusive environment, this could affect their well being as well.They are not only traumatized by the abuse, but they are at risk of becoming victims of the abuser as well.Long term exposure to an abusive relationship can lead to severe psychological and social problems for the child.According to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence General Information Packet (2007), almost 95% of DV victims are women.Of the women in intimate relationships, more than half are likely to experience physical violence at some point in their relationship and for about 24-30% of these women, this violence and battering is likely to be ongoing.Call the Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline number 1.866.223.1111. Cycle of Domestic Violence Violence in the Suburbs Warning Signs Effects on Children Animal Abuse and DV Safety Planning What Prevents Victimsfrom Leaving Stopping Abuse About Batterers Elder Abuse Teen Dating Violence Bullying Legal Information Why do Abuse Victims Stay? But breaking free of abuse is not simply a matter of walking out the door. It can be difficult for many people to understand why a person would stay in an abusive relationship. Strong emotional and psychological forces keep the victim tied to the abuser.