Abuse can happen to anyone and there can be many signs of when a relationship is becoming abusive that are often overlooked, excused or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological rather than physical as it can be difficult to pinpoint and determine what is abusive when you may have been subjected to it for some time.
Emotional abuse is often minimised because there are no bruises, scars or any physical reminder of what is happening to you, yet it can leave deeper and longer lasting emotional wounds that become detrimental to your self-esteem, feelings of self-worth and leave you feeling helpless and alone.
Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of abuse is the first step to ending it, but this can be difficult when it is the person you love who is abusing you. However, no-one should live in fear of the person they love.
Physical and emotional abuse is about gaining control whereby one person in the relationship tries to dominate the other through any means possible. Fear, guilt, shame and intimidation are often used maintain control which can escalate from threats and verbal abuse to violence.
In whatever form, abusive behaviour is not acceptable from anyone, whether it comes from a man, woman, teenager, peer, or someone older than you. You deserve to feel valued, respected and safe.
If you have concerns about a your current situation and would like to speak to someone confidentially arrange an INITIAL CONSULTATION to talk through what is happening to you in a safe and non-judgemental environment.