Know the Signs
These signs indicate that a relationship could be abusive or heading towards it:
Curiosity is natural, but looking through their phone or device is invasive and a sign of control.
Threatening to harm, take, or abandon a pet is coercive and a sign more violent behaviors could lie ahead.
It can be frustrating when people make mistakes, but constantly criticizing them is a sign of emotional abuse.
Confusing them or twisting information to make them feel “crazy” is a sign of psychological abuse.
Blaming the bottle
Having one too many is never an excuse. Alcohol and drugs don’t lead to violence in healthy relationships.
Making all the financial decisions and controlling all the money is a sign of financial abuse.
Pressuring them to have sex or perform an act they aren’t comfortable with is a sign of sexual abuse.
Breaking or trashing things is a form of intimidation and a sign of an abusive relationship.
Friendly teasing can be a sign of comfort, but embarrassing or humiliating them is a sign of emotional abuse.
Notice a sign?
If one of these signs is present in your or someone else’s relationship, you can:
Every relationship is different, so patterns of abuse can be hard to identify.
Ask for Help
Our trained professionals at the Stand Up Colorado Helpline are here for you.
If you notice these signs in someone else's relationship, you can help.