Abuse happens when one person uses different types of abusive behaviour to gain POWER and CONTROL over another.
Abuse can include emotional, mental, verbal, financial, physical, sexual, and social abuse.
Neglect can be abuse too.
Abuse can happen to anyone no matter what their sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, income, education or nationality.
Behaviour Red Flags for Abuse, taken from http://www.teenrelationships.org/abuse/
1) THREATS of violence or past history of violence
2) JEALOUSY/ HYPERSENSITIVE
3) SCARES you
4) BLAMES others for problems and mistakes
5) ISOLATES you
6) Tries to CONTROL you
7) PRESSURES you for sex or is “playfully” forceful when intimate
8 ) PUT DOWNS
9) Sudden MOOD SWINGS
10) Becomes SERIOUS too quickly
Abuse can effect your feelings of confidence, safety and self-esteem.
Seek help! Contact Crisis Support Services, speak to someone you trust, visit your local doctor.
Note: In the digital book Kiss Kill, Mat survives an abusive relationship with Elle.
Watch this YouTube. Is this abuse…?