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What Are the Signs That You Are in an Abuse Relationship? 

An abusive relationship doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process that involves the slow disintegration of your sense of self. It is not always easy to identify abuse, but there are many characteristics that signify an abusive relationship. If you can answer YES to even one of these questions, you are being abused.

  • Have you ever been hit, kicked, shoved, or threatened with violence?
  • Do you ever feel that you have no choice about how you spend your time, where you go, or what you wear?
  • Has your partner ever accused you of doing things you’ve never done?
  • Do you have to ask your partner for permission to make everyday decisions?
  • Do you ever feel bad about yourself because your partner calls you names, insults you, or puts you down?
  • Does your partner ever insist that you limit time with your family and friends?
  • Do you ever submit to sexual intercourse or engage in sexual acts against your will?
  • Do you accept your partner’s decisions because you are afraid of his anger?
  • Does your partner accuse you of being unfaithful?
  • Do you change your behavior in an effort to not anger your partner?

How Do You Break the Cycle of an Abusive Relationship? 

Domestic violence is part of a continuing cycle that, while difficult to break, can be broken.  If you are in an abusive relationship you may recognize this pattern. Each time the abuse occurs, it worsens, and the cycle shortens.  Breaking this pattern of violence alone and without help is difficult.  Leaving the abusive relationship may be the only way to break the cycle. It is important to realize that you may not be in a position to resolve the situation yourself. You may need outside help, and there is help available. Contact Diana Solle, Powell County Victim Advocate 846-9703.