Are You In An Abusive Relationship?


DOES YOUR PARTNER:

Embarrass you in front of people?

Belittle your accomplishments?

Make you feel unworthy?

Criticize your sexual performance?

Constantly contradict himself/herself to confuse you?

Do things for which you are constantly making excuses to others or yourself?

Isolate you from the people you care about most?

Make you feel ashamed a lot of the time?

Make you believe he/she is smarter than you and therefore more able to make decisions?

Make you feel like you are crazy?

Make you perform sexual acts that are embarrassing or demeaning to you?

Use intimidation to make you do what he/she wants?

Prevent you from doing common-place activities such as visiting friends or family, or talking to the opposite sex?

Control the financial aspects of your life?

Use money as a way of controlling you?

Make you believe that you cannot exist without him/her?

Make you feel that there is no way out and that "you made your own bed and must lie in it?"

Treat you roughly (grab, pinch, push, or shove you?)

Threaten you (verbally or with a weapon?)

Get extremely angry, frequently, and without apparent cause?

DO YOU:

Believe you can help your partner change his/her abusive behavior if you were only to change yourself in some way, if you only did some things differently, if you really
loved him/her more?

Believe that you deserve to be abused or punished?

Find that not making him/her angry has become a major part of your life?

Do what he/she wants you to do, rather than what you want to do, out of fear?

Stay with him/her only because you are afraid he/she might hurt you if you left?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO MANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WISH TO LIVE YOUR LIFE. CALL THE KNOXVILLE FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER FOR HELP. 521-6336


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