Are You In An Abusive Relationship?
This month as we focus on sexual assault, we would like to look at warning signs to identify if you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship. Helpguide.org tells us that domestic abuse, also sometimes referred to as spousal abuse, "occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person." The purpose of all domestic abuse is always to manipulate and gain control over the person being abused and to maintain that control. It's important to note that domestic abuse and violence happens to people of all ethnic backgrounds, age ranges, genders, and sexual orientations. It may not be easy to tell in the beginning stages of a relationship if your partner is abusive. The National Domestic Violence Hotline says abusive behaviors can emerge as the relationship grows over time.