Signs symptoms dating violence
Your partner apologizes and says the hurtful behavior won't happen again — but you fear it will.
At times you wonder whether you're imagining the abuse, yet the emotional or physical pain you feel is real.
Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want.
You might become depressed and anxious, or begin to doubt your ability to take care of yourself. If you're having trouble identifying what's happening, take a step back and look at larger patterns in your relationship. In an abusive relationship, the person who routinely uses these behaviors is the abuser. Still, the only way to break the cycle of domestic violence is to take action.
Start by telling someone about the abuse, whether it's a friend, loved one, health care provider or other close contact.
You can also call a national domestic violence hotline.
At first, you might find it hard to talk about the abuse.