How to Tell if You're in an Abusive Relationship

Watch for these signs of domestic violence. Does your partner:

  • Insult you in public and private?
  • Check up on where you've been and who you've talked to?
  • Put down your friends and family?
  • Tell you jealousy is a sign of love?
  • Blame you for the abuse?
  • Limit where you go and what you do?
  • Try to control your money?
  • Destroy your things?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, or pets?
  • Make you have sex in ways or at times that are uncomfortable to you?
  • Touch you in ways that hurt or scare you?
  • Tell you your fears are not important?

If any of these things happen to you, you might be in danger. Help is available. Call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-562-6025 (24-hour crisis line)

From Love Shouldn't Hurt brochure, courtesy of King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (206-568-5454)

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