Qualities of Abusive Relationships

It is important to remember that abusive relationships can be complicated, unhealthy, or even unsafe. Understanding the truth about abusive relationships can help you decide if yours is good for you.

SIGNS OF A TOXIC RELATIONSHIP

Unfortunately, too many women are in toxic relationships that involve a loss of sexual and reproductive control or even sexual abuse. Knowing what this looks like can help you identify when something is not right in your relationship.

Toxic relationships are based on power and control, not equality and respect. In the early stages of a toxic relationship, you may not think the unhealthy behaviors are a big deal. However, possessiveness, insults, jealous accusations, yelling, humiliation, pulling hair, pushing or other negative, abusive behaviors, are demonstrations of power and control. Remember: You deserve to be respected and loved in a good and healthy relationship. There is no excuse for abuse of any kind.

WHAT TO DO WHEN LEAVING A BAD RELATIONSHIP?

If you think your relationship is a bad one, it is important to think about your safety and knowing appropriate ways to end a relationship before it gets worse. Consider these points as you move forward:

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