Does the following describe your relationship?
- Does your partner insist he or she is always right and you are always wrong?
- Do you have the feeling that your partner wants you to admit that he or she is superior to you?
- Do you tiptoe around your partner for fear of triggering an angry outburst?
- Is your partner often grumpy, irritable, or disagreeable?
- Does your partner withhold affection?
- Does your partner threaten to commit suicide if you leave him or her?
- Does your partner break items or hide your things?
- Does your partner threaten to take the children from you?
- Does your partner threaten you?
- Is your partner selfish and uncooperative?
- Does your partner insist you have sex even when you don’t want to?
- Is your partner easily angered and slow to calm down?
- Does your partner threaten or bully you when he or she doesn’t get his or her way?
- Do you always feel unloved or misunderstood by your partner?
Profile of an abuser
Does your abuser think he or she is:
- Smarter than you (more educated, more religious, etc.)
- Stronger than you (emotionally or physically)
- More privileged than you (has more money, comes from a better family, has a better job, etc.)
- More aggressive than you and thus has the right to control you (“might-makes-right”)
- If your abuser is a man, he may believe he has gender-based rights mistakenly thinking society or religion gives him the right to control you
An abuser uses these false arguments and gaslighting to justify his or her actions to hurt and control you. Don’t be fooled by these tactics. Everybody has a human right to be treated with respect, dignity, and equality. No one deserves to be abused!
Act Now to Stop Emotional Abuse
No one should agree to live in an abusive relationship. If you are in an abusive relationship, you need to reclaim your human right to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality. Get more help from qualified professionals: