The first step to getting help is recognizing that there is a problem. Often people in abusive relationships do not see that the relationship is unhealthy. There are honeymoon periods where things seem great and they enjoy spending time with the person they’re dating. However there are moments filled with violence, verbal aggression, intimidation, and control. What you need to know is that abusers are manipulative and these honeymoon periods are designed to keep you in that unhealthy cycle of abuse. Check out this power and control wheel to see if you recognize signs of abuse in your own relationship.
If you’re still not sure take this relationship quiz to determine if your relationship may be unhealthy.
If you or someone you love needs help please reach out to a professional. Here at Family First Counseling our counselors are trained to help you deal with the feelings and emotions that you may be going through as a result of abuse. If you need shelter or advice on getting out of an abusive relationship, try contacting the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat with an advocate online at www.thehotline.org