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It is not easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. Many abusive partners may seem like the perfect partner in the early stages of a relationship. Controlling or possessive behavior does not always appear right away, but can develop and intensify as the relationship grows.
Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.
It can happen to people who are married, living together, or who are dating. It affects people of all income, social, and education levels. Violence can be used to control anyone. It is destructive to self-esteem and healthy relationships, but we can help. Without help, living with the trauma of violence in your life can leave you feeling alone, confused, or afraid. We are here when you are ready.
Violence includes behaviors that physically harm, cause fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them behavior in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. It is not uncommon for one or more of these different forms of domestic and sexual violence/abuse to occur at the same time within the same intimate relationship.