CycleThere are many signs of an abuse.  The most telling is fear of the abuser and it occurs within all age ranges.

If you feel you have to walk on eggshells around them – constantly watching what you say and do, in order to avoid a blow up, the chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive.

Broken mobileOther signs include the abuser belittles you, tries to control you and who you see or talk to and your feelings of helplessness and desperation.

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence.Woman

While physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe.Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression and make you feel helpless and alone.

Denial by the abuser that abuse takes place, blaming the victim for causing the abusive actions, being kind and gentle in public, crying and begging for forgiveness only  adds to the emotional abuse.

No one should have to endure this kind of pain and your first step to breaking free is recognising that your situation is abusive. More

Once you recognise and acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get help.