Unfortunately, domestic violence remains a highly underreported crime in the United States. In many cases, the signs can be difficult to spot—domestic abuse can be just as much about emotional and mental abuse as it can be about physical abuse. In fact, that’s usually how it starts—the physical abuse often does not manifest until later on, after there’s already been an established pattern of emotional and mental abuse.
Even for people who are the actual victims of that abuse, it can be difficult to recognize that behavior as abuse, because you might have grown accustomed to it, or you try to rationalize your partner’s behavior.
Obviously, any time you find yourself afraid of your partner for any reason, this should be a big red flag. There is no place for fear in a positive, healthy relationship. Here’s a look at some more specific signs of domestic violence, from a family attorney in Lubbock, TX:
- Your partner regularly bullies you: Do you constantly feel as though you’re under attack via bullying, threats or control? This is one of the tell-tale signs of an abusive relationship. Perhaps your partner frequently criticizes you, or throws things when he or she gets angry. Your partner might yell at you during arguments or belittle you, or try to control what you wear or how you prepare yourself to go out. He or she might even attempt to blame you for the abuse you’re suffering, saying you “deserve” it or that you “made them” act in such a manner.
- Your partner controls your money: In a healthy, equal relationship, you should not have to feel like your spending is entirely controlled by your partner. A partner who keeps cash or credit cards from you, makes you rationalize every dollar you spend, prevents you from working to earn a living or won’t let you have money for even basic needs is an abusive partner.
- Your partner keeps you away from loved ones: You should never feel like it’s not okay for you to see or talk to your friends or family. A partner who constantly makes you ask for permission to spend time with loved ones or embarrasses you in front of other people on purpose to make you want to avoid going out is a partner who is abusing you.
- Your partner sexually abuses you: Some of the most common signs of sexual abuse include a partner forcing you to dress in a particular way to satisfy their sexual desires, forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to, refusing to use condoms or birth control or trying to guilt you into having sex by making you feel like you owe it to them.
- Your partner physically abuses you: The signs of physical abuse are obvious—physical attacks, abandonment and purposeful neglect are all common signs of physical abuse that can be major health and safety risks.
For more information about the signs of domestic violence, contact a family attorney in Lubbock, TX at the Law Office of Rob Biggers today.
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