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Definition of Relationship Abuse

By Michelle Bolyn, eHow Contributor,

Relationship abuse occurs in heterosexual and homosexual relationships, dating relationships and marriages. Victims and abusers can be male or female. Relationship abuse occurs when someone uses abusive behaviors to control and manipulate another person.

Types of Relationship Abuse

  • Relationship abuse doesn’t just mean that someone is being hit, punched, kicked or physically hurt. A person can be abused emotionally, which means that another is controlling, manipulating and exerting power over her. This includes name-calling, humiliation and threats. People can also be abused sexually in relationships. A woman who is married and has consented to sex in the past can be sexually abused by her husband if she does not want to have sexual intercourse and he forces it upon her.

    Ways People are Abused

  • Some victims of relationship abuse are physically abused. One way people abuse others is through exhibiting dominance, because they want to be the one in charge of the relationship. Abusers humiliate their partners to reduce their self-worth and exert power. Another way abusers use their power is to isolate their victims from friends and family. People become more vulnerable if they don’t have support systems. Abusers also scare their victims with threats and intimidation tactics. Someone being abused may be made to feel that it is their fault. The abuser puts the blame on the victim.

    Signs of an Abusive Relationship

    • Here are 10 signs that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship:
      1. You feel afraid of your partner.
      2. You feel like you can never do anything right and are always blamed for things.
      3. You feel helpless and hopeless.
      4. You feel like you are always walking on eggshells and afraid of angering your partner.
      5. Your partner threatens to hurt you, your pets or your family.
      6. Your partner humiliates you.
      7. Your partner makes fun of you regularly.
      8. Your partner blames you for his anger.
      9. Your partner is extremely jealous.
      10. Your partner doesn’t allow you to see friends or family members.

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