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15 Signs That Your Relationship Could Turn Abusive

abusive relationship

Someone you know could be suffering from domestic violence

Domestic violence is far more common than most of us realizeabout20 people per minute suffer abuse, on average, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Although women are more likely to experience abuse from an intimate partner, men can also be victims: One in three men have experienced domestic violence. For nearly all relationships in which domestic violence occurs, the abuse can remain hidden until later in the relationship. It is not uncommon for a victim to confide that he or she woke up one day to realizewith deep embarrassment and shamethat he or she was in the midst of an abusive relationship, explainsCarla Manly,PhD, a clinical psychologist and author ofJoy from Fear.The warning signs of domestic violence, however, can appear early on in a relationshipsometimes even from the start. Here, experts of domestic violence unveil some of the behaviours that indicate a potentially abusive relationship.(Related:How I Used 7 Communication Tips to Improve My Relationship)

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