FIVE SIGNS THAT SOMEONE
MAY BE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
Many women never tell anyone that they are being abused
because they are embarrassed and ashamed or fearful of repercussions. It is not
always possible to know, but there are telltale signs that may indicate that
abuse is going on. Look for any combination of the following:
behavior or demeanor. This person used to be happy, friendly, and
confident, but is now apathetic, withdrawn, anxious, jumpy, apologetic, secretive,
or fearful. She exhibits low self-esteem, doesn’t trust her own judgment, or is
coping behavior. Excessive drinking, drug use, overeating, overconsumption
of caffeine or sugar, or frequent shopping sprees are common coping mechanisms
used by abuse victims.
contact and control. Her abuser texts or calls her frequently when she is
in the company of others to see what she is doing and who she is with, keeping
her on a very short leash. She answers his every call or text.
behavior. She no longer spends time with friends or family because of the
controlling demands of her partner, who deliberately isolates her from needed
support. She relents to please him and avoid conflict.
bruises or accidents. The victim covers up her bruises with makeup or
clothing and will make up excuses if she is confronted with suspicions because
she is afraid and mortified.