Early Indicators of Abuse
Abuse comes in many other forms than just physically which makes it difficult to recognize it sometimes. Have a look at the list below for common forms of abuse and make sure to explore the links in the bottom of the page for more information and help.
Common Signs of Abuse:
- Criticising you
- Accusing you of things you haven’t done
- Controlling who you can see and where you go
- Threatening to harm you or someone you love
- Telling you what to wear and how to look
- Shouting at you
- Damaging property
- Deliberately intimidating you
- Withholding your access to money
- Calling you names
- Deliberately embarrassing you or making you feel small in front of others
- Trying to turn you against loved ones
- Refusing to use contraception
- Lying about things you know have happened
- “Guilt tripping” you into doing something you don’t want to do
- Forcing you to perform a sexual act
- Any kind of physical restraint or injury
Remember that it’s also important to listen to your “gut feeling” – if you feel uneasy and scared around someone but can’t explain why, this could be your body telling you something is wrong. If you feel unusually anxious around your partner and worry that they may harm you, pay attention to those feelings and seek support before it goes too far.
Click here to see the various forms of abuse.
How to support a loved one suffering from abuse.