When you hear domestic abuse, you think of bumps and bruises. But domestic abuse isn’t just physical, it’s also psychological. In this video, Sharecare expert Julie Hanks shares seven subtle signs that your partner could be abusive.

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Warning signs:

  • Jealousy and possessiveness
  • Isolates you from your friends and family
  • Looks through your belongings
  • Expects you to spend all your time with him/her
  • Calls or texts you constantly to know where you are and what you’re doing
  • Makes all the decisions and gives you orders
  • Disregards your suggestions, feelings, and wishes
  • Blames you for all his/her problems and makes you feel his/her behavior is your fault
  • Hypersensitivity and explosive behavior
  • Unpredictable angry outbursts
  • You feel like you’re walking on eggshells
  • Your friends and family are concerned for you and your safety

Threatening and using violence

  • Grabs, pushes, shoves, slaps, shakes, kicks, punches and chokes you
  • Pressures you for sex
  • Breaks or destroys objects, especially things that you value

Signs of an unhealthy relationship

  • You feel pressure to change to meet your partner’s standards
  • You constantly have to justify what you do, where you go, and who you see.
  • You find yourself making excuses for your partner.
  • You feel isolated from friends and family.
  • You feel stifled or trapped in the relationship.