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Partner Relationship and Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner Relationship and Domestic Violence refer to a dysfunctional relationship between two adults.

Intimate Partner Relationship and Domestic Violence refer to a dysfunctional relationship between two adults. It has no barriers of ethnicity, education, class, economic levels, and social status. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships and it occurs within all age ranges.

While women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.

Domestic violence characterizes from experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, destruction of property and economical form of abuse within an intimate relationship at a given time. Some couple experience all the form of abuse or only a few. Most couple experience these form in cycles and these increase in severity as times goes on. These cycle are often overlooked, excused, or denied.

Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. Physical assault or battering is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family

Despite what many people believe, domestic violence and abuse is not due to the abuser’s loss of control over his or her behavior. In fact, abusive behavior and violence is a deliberate choice made by the abuser in order to control you.

In Domestic violence the abuse is used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you.

An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of a dysfunctional and abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.

Signs of an abusive relationship

Here are some forms of dysfunctional couple relationship that may help you determine be whether your relationship is abusive.

The more “yes” answers, the more likely it is that you’re in an abusive relationship.

• Do you feel afraid of your partner much of the time?

• Does your partner humiliate or yell at you?

• Do you avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?

• Does your partner criticize you and put you down?

• Do you feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?

• Does your partner: have a bad and unpredictable temper?

• Does your partner keep you from seeing your friends or family?

• Does your partner blame you for their own abusive behavior?

• Does your partner hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?

• Does your partner control where you go or what you do?

• Does your partner act excessively jealous and possessive?

• Does your partner limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?

• Does your partner force you to have sex?

The above are only some forms of domestic violence/Intimate Partner relationship. If you know of someone or you are experiencing a few or more of these, I can help you to understand your options and to find solutions to your situations.

Remember my professional counselling service is confidential. There is help so learn more about your rights and alternatives to breaking the cycle.