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5 Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse May 1, 2018

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5 Warning Signs of Domestic Abuse, Rochester, New York

Domestic abuse can be an issue for numerous couples, despite gender, sexual orientation, or age. Recognizing the signs of an unhealthy relationship is crucial in this case, as it can be difficult for a victim to accept that abuse is happening to them. While abuse can take on many different forms, the following are a few common signs that it may be time to seek outside assistance.

Take Care: 5 Signs That Domestic Abuse Is an Issue in Your Relationship

1. Physical Injuries

Violent behavior toward a partner often results in physical injury. In some cases, it may appear as bruising on the neck or arms, or it may manifest in black eyes and broken bones. Victims of abuse often fabricate stories to cover their partners’ violence, and these stories often fall short of explaining the severity (or frequency) of injuries.

2. Fear of Your Partner

No one should fear their spouse or partner for any reason. This not only includes fear of violence, but also fear of speaking up or disagreeing. A relationship should be a safe and secure place for both people, even when disagreements occur.  

3. No Access to Money

domestic abuseAccess to money affords people a means to provide for themselves. When abusers control money, they are limiting their partner’s ability to see friends and family or even make important financial decisions by themselves. They may also provide their partners an allowance and question any purchases they feel are unnecessary.

4. Attempts to Belittle or Humiliate You

While many couples poke fun at each other or share silly inside jokes, this is far different from the humiliation that is often present in abusive relationships. The abuser will attempt to cut down their partner to the extent that they feel as though they deserve the treatment. It’s also a means of control; victims of abuse will refrain from saying certain things if they know it will result in disparagement.

5. Low Self-Esteem

Over time, poor treatment often results in low self-esteem. Many victims will take their abusers’ words and actions to heart and assume they’re being treated this way because they’re simply bad people. Once a person’s self-image is low, they’ll be more willing to put up with abusive behavior.


If you feel like you’re involved in an abusive relationship in Rochester, NY, and aren’t sure where to turn, White Spruce Counseling can help. These professional therapists offer a wide range of services to locals, including domestic violence counseling aimed at helping victims of abuse break free from the cycle. Call (585) 424-2436 to speak with a domestic abuse counselor about how to get help. You can also visit them online to see the complete listing of available services.

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