Early warning signs of dating violence
Even where the abuse does not have physical long-term effects or result in PTSD, the survivor of an abusive relationship will often suffer low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.Survivors commonly comment on feeling somehow ‘different’ to their peers, as though their experiences have in some way set them apart from the rest of society.Abusive behaviour is used to exert control within a relationship.Very rarely is one form of domestic abuse found by itself.Abuse rarely stays the same, but usually increases both in severity and frequency over a period of time.In severe cases, domestic violence can lead to the victim of abuse being killed by the abuser.Since abuse and violence within an intimate relationship are also a huge betrayal of trust, the survivor of abuse will often also have difficulty learning to trust someone else and open up emotionally for fear of being betrayed again.It would be nice to know that all abuser walk around with a big A for 'abuser' on their forehead, are easily discernable by anyone 'normal' and always comply with the stereotypical image so often portrayed in the media.
There are also articles about best practices to use with kids and teens with specific mental and physical needs.
Often it is these periods of apparent calm, which give the victim of abuse the hope that change can be achieved, and the abuse will stop, and keeps them locked in the abusive relationship.
For more information on the different types of abuse, see Types of Abuse.
Domestic violence affects people from all social, racial and financial backgrounds.
It affects men and women, old and young, heterosexual couples and homosexual couples alike.