For many people this type of abuse starts out very slowly; it simply feels like something is wrong in your relationship.
And until you see the truth for yourself, no one else can help you realize it. It’s been said that if you drop a frog in boiling water, it would jump out immediately.
But if you place a frog in a pot of tepid water and start to boil the water very slowly, the frog would continue to stay in the pot of water until it boils to death.
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Domestic violence – dating partner abuse, intimate partner violence, dating abuse, and domestic abuse — while this type of violence comes with many names, they all have something in common. One person having the power and control over another.
Sometimes the abuse takes place in the context of a romantic relationship and sometimes it takes place in a familial relationship.
Batterers use emotional abuse gain power and control over their victims.
Recognizing the warning signs of a battering personality can help you understand the dynamics of domestic violence and make relationship choices that are best for you.
However, whether physical violence happens once a week, or once a year, it’s still violence and doesn’t belong in a healthy relationship.
Domestic violence affects men, women, teen girls and boys, in both a heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
Domestic violence also includes any actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person.