I’ve posted these eight signs of partner abuse before, but I think they are important enough to post again from time to time. So, here are eight signs of partner abuse. Please answer “yes” or “no” to each statement.
I am afraid of my partner.
I cannot express my opinions or my feelings without being afraid of my partner’s reaction.
I always ask my partner for permission to see my family or friends, to spend money, or to buy something for myself.
I constantly manipulate myself, my children and my environment in order to make things “just so” for my partner.
I try and try to please my partner only to be criticized again.
I sometimes feel like I am living with two people, a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
I am confused about the difference in the way my partner views our relationship and the way I see it.
I am beginning to believe all the terrible things my partner says about me and accuses me of. Sometimes I’m not sure what is real anymore. Maybe I’m going crazy.
If you answered “yes” to four or more of these eight signs of partner abuse, you are being abused. Please talk to a doctor, therapist, counselor, or other professional about it as soon as possible. If you do not have the option of talking with a professional about it, talk with a friend or someone you respect.