Domestic abuse, (also known as spousal abuse) is when one partner in marriage or an intimate relationship seeks to control and dominate the other. When domestic abuse includes physical violence, it is called domestic violence.
Nobody wants to get into an abusive relationship. In fact, many women who have escaped such a relationship swear to themselves that they will never get into another one, just to find themselves with yet another partner who abuses them, whether physically or mentally. Many other live with an abusive partner without being aware of it, or are afraid to admit to themselves that this is how their life looks like. And yet, it takes an average of five to seven acts of violence before a woman leaves her abuser. Other women choose to stay, or convince themselves that there is no other way (this is usually called the battered wife syndrome). Some simply fail to recognize the warning signs before it’s too late.
So, what are the signs of an abusive relationship? If your partner displays the following behaviors, you may be in such a relationship.