Am I in an Abusive Relationship?

What is abuse? Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions and/or threats that frighten, intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, or injure someone. Abuse may include name calling, pushing, shoving, pulling hair, hitting with objects or cruelty to animals.

No one wants or deserves to be abused and admitting you are in an abusive relationship can be difficult. It is important to know that physical abuse is not the only type of abuse. To determine if you may be in an abusive relationship, ask yourself some of the questions below.

  • Does your partner call you names, insult you or continually criticize you?
  • Does your partner act jealous or possessive? Tell you she/he doesn’t trust you?
  • Does your partner try to isolate you from family or friends?
  • Does your partner monitor where you go, who you call or who you spend time with?
  • Does your partner hurt or threaten to hurt you, your children, your family or your pet(s)?
  • Does your partner force you to leave your home or keep you from leaving?
  • Does your partner humiliate you?
  • Does your partner control your money?
  • Does she/he tell you how you can spend your money or does she/he take it away from you?

Take a Self Quiz with additional questions that can help you determine if you are in an abusive relationship of if your actions may be abusive.