It is sometimes hard to recognise the abusive behaviour for what it is.
When you’re in an abusive relationship, or being abused by a family member, it is sometimes hard to recognise the abusive behaviour for what it is, especially while you are still caught in the middle of it.
Ask yourself the following questions. The more ‘yes’ answers you give, the more likely it is that you are in an abusive relationship.
|Are You||Do They:|
|Afraid some or most of the time?||Check up on you or go through your personal things?|
|Ridiculed, put down, made fun of or belittled?||Swear or shout at you?|
|Worried about talking about certain subjects unless they’re in good mood?||Criticise how you look, what you say or what you do?|
|Making excuses or lying about the situation to other people?||Stalk, harass, follow or threaten you?|
|Worrying that you’re going crazy?||Stop you from seeing your family and friends?|
|Being made to feel guilty or blamed for their behaviour?||Force you to have sex against your will?|
|Feeling helpless, worthless, depressed or suicidal?||Push, hit, kick, bite, strangle or spit at you?|