An abusive relationship does not have to be physically abusive. Verbal and emotional abuse can exact a very heavy toll on people who are in an abusive relationship and may not even realize it. Obviously, being in a relationship that is physically abusive can be life-threatening, but there’s also a lot to lose by being involved with someone who stops short of escalating their abuse to physical violence and uses words to lash out at their partner. The emotional damage that can result is very real, and can have a negative impact on the rest of a person’s life. These eight signs may be a strong indicator that you are in an abusive relationship.
Jealousy is quite common in relationships and much of the time it is not a serious problem. Some level of jealousy is normal, but it’s not hard to tell when it goes too far. While jealousy over a former boyfriend or girlfriend might be normal, someone who extends that to feelings of jealousy over family members may have serious issues. Spending time with friends and family is normal for everyone but when a partner display anger and strong feelings of jealousy, it could be a sign of more serious things to come.