Abusive Relationships: Tactics an Abusive Partner May Use


Abusive Relationships: Tactics an Abusive Partner May Use

Author: Emily Aranda

Relational abuse takes many forms and is not always obvious that what is occurring within a relationship is abuse. Abusive partners can take many approaches in order to maintain control and dominance in a relationship, whether it be forcefully or subtly. In order to identify whether or not you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, look for and identify these 15 signs, if they are there.

  1. Humiliation
  2. Verbal Insults/Put-Downs
  3. Physical Violence
  4. Promiscuous Behavior/Infidelity
  5. Excluding or Ignoring You
  6. Unpredictable Mood Swings
  7. Hypercriticism
  8. Constantly Checking Up on/Monitoring You
  9. Alienation from Friends and Family
  10. Shifting all Blame onto You
  11. Manipulation or Controlling Behavior
  12. Calculated Outbursts
  13. Unwillingness to Communicate
  14. Irrational Jealousy
  15. Threats to Keep You from Leaving the Relationship

Although there are many tactics, not all need to be employed by the abuser in every case of abusive relationships. However, these different tactics are used for the same primary function – to lower your self-esteem and create dependence on the abuser. It is essential to remember that abuse is not deserved, nor is it the fault of the person being abused. If you or someone you know is victim to an abusive relationship, contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.




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