Domestic abuse sneaks up on people. Nobody starts out looking for someone who will make them feel worse about themselves. In fact, the love-bombing that can start a controlling or abusive relationship can be incredibly seductive, especially to someone who doesn't have a loving family. Only afterward, when the love and everything else gets yanked away, do you start seeing the negative side -- and by then it's all too easy to blame yourself.
Are you in an unhealthy relationship? Check these sites from a computer at work or in a library.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE or 800-799-7233.Is your partner controlling?
More signs of a controlling relationship.
Some personal experiences.
about verbal abuse
. Yes, you should take both.
What abusers believe.
Five signs that you should never get back with your ex.Psychological abuse can happen to anyone.
So can domestic violence.
Yes, even if you're male.
Even if you're in an LGBT relationship.
Thinking about escape
How to leave safely.