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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports on their domestic violence fact sheets that almost 20 people are physically abused by a partner every single minute. Nationally, domestic violence hotlines across the country get about 20, calls every day. You may feel sad, scared, confused or angry and not know why. Oftentimes when people feel like this, it is because they are paired with an abusive partner, or at the very least being subjected to abusive treatment.

Here are some things that denote an abusive relationship. If you experience any of these things, please seek help. Katie Kozlowski, a self love and relationship coach with expertise in the areas of abuse and trauma, says, "If there are verbal patterns or phrases that make you feel afraid, hurt, silence or shameful, chances are there is some emotional and verbal abuse going on and you have the right to speak up or get out of the relationship.

She says you can do so by "actively and deliberately foster relationships with people who are not abusive. Replace any abusive relationships with healthy ones. You find yourself getting gaslighted One thing that manipulative people do is gas lighting. Ben Michaelis, clinical psychologist and creator of OneMinuteDiagnosis. It is a subtle form of abuse that can seriously impact the confidence and mental well being of the person who is being abused.

If you second guess yourself a lot, feel confused, feel like you have to be on "high alert" all the time or if you apologize even when you know something is not your fault, there is a chance that your parter is gaslighting you. She advises you go get out, and avoid all contact. You never get to do what you want to do You want to watch TV. He wants to go out. Amanda Berry, a licensed marriage and family therapist out of Chicagoland, told me that this type of abuse comes down to intimidation.

This is a big red flag, and you should seek counseling right away. You feel out of the loop financially Dr. Odessky, licensed clinical psychologist and author , told me, "If you do not have access to finances or financial information, you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship. They are totally in the dark. They get a small allowance, like a child, every week.

This makes them completely dependent on the other spouse and often prevents them from even hiring an attorney to help them. If you find yourself in this situation, speak to someone right away. In addition to your mental, physical and emotional health, your financial health is important as well.

Audrey Hope, a renowned relationship expert , told me, "Low self-esteem is almost always a trait of someone who is abused. The first place they go and land is into their own faults and weaknesses.

They think the behavior of the other person is because they are making them mistreat them. They are the ones who need to change or else the abuse would not happen.

The abused person starts feeling helpless and possibly even hopeless. Somehow, the victim is responsible for what happened.

In this situation, you go ahead and take the blame for the abuse because, somehow, you feel that you deserve it. You spend all your time in a fantasy world You daydream all the time. You bury yourself in movies, TV, books, video games, booze or drugs — you spend all your time escaping. Audrey Hope, relationship expert , told me that big markers of abusive relationships are avoidance, denial and distraction.

She says, "you spend more time alone and in your own fantasy world where everything is safe and fine. This means that you spend a lot of time with yourself in your pretend world. If it is, it is high time to change that. So many people think that abusive relationships consist only of a sexually aggressive mate, or even relationship rape, but often times it goes the other way — where the abused wants a healthy sexual relationship and the abuser withholds affection and makes the abused feel wrong, dirty or ashamed.

In other cases, sex addiction can be involved on one side or the other. McMahon says, "sex addiction treatment at the hands of some therapists can actually empower the emotionally abusive spouse, setting no limits on how they speak to the sex addict or alleged sex addict.

Simultaneously, they also restrict and structure how the addict responds to these attacks: This iatrogenic emotional abuse by proxy is one of the scariest aspects of this phenomenon. But back up a minute. Maybe you started out wanting to be physical, but over time things have changed.

Perhaps your mate is sexually manipulative in a way that makes you uncomfortable. You feel digitally policed Most people keep their email, social media account and other internet passwords to themselves. In some cases, you might share accounts or share passwords, but the key word there is share. If your partner is constantly trying to access your accounts, or is policing what you post on social media, you could be a victim of technological abuse.

Stephanie Nilva, executive director of Day One in New York , a nonprofit that works with young people who experience dating abuse or domestic violence, told me, "These days, technological abuse is a powerful form of emotional abuse.

Day One sees clients who are being stalked online and feel their abusive partner knows their every move. Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC, a licensed therapist in New York City, told me, "One of the ways I see emotionally abusive partners exert control these days is by controlling what a partner can do, or say, online.

You hear "I love you, but" a lot Everyone loves to hear "I love you. Mari Feuerman, licensed marriage and family therapist , told me, "That might sound nice at first, yet is both disguised criticism and a threat.

It is a constant jab that slowly strips away your self-esteem. Abusers get a lot of reinforcement out of using the word love as it seems to be a magic word to control you. And, while the person who loves you might not love everything about you, they should never say "I love you, but…. I have heard countless times from clients that their partner was nice, complimentary, gave me a gift, etc.

You need to understand that this is part of the dynamic and cycle of abuse. Gary Brown, psychotherapist of 30 years , told me, "Here is my number one tip [to know] that you are in an abusive relationship. You constantly feel that you are walking on eggshells whenever you are around this person…. You feel afraid around them.

Brown says, "threats can come in the form of physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse , threatening divorce or breakup, denying access to loved ones and vows to find other ways to punish you. She told me, "Emotional abuse is the manipulation of emotions for the purpose of gaining control over another person. In an emotionally abusive relationship, a person may feel that there is not way out of the relationship or that without their significant other they will have nothing.

Take whatever steps necessary to distance yourself from that person. You deserve to be happy Please seek help rather than try to figure things out on your own. Listen to your heart, trust your instincts, and listen to your friends and family if they express concern.

If you or someone you love needs help to get out of an abusive relationship, a good first step is calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline.


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