By: Toni Wright
A relationship is supposed to be a union between two people where both parties feel safe and comfortable with one another. They are supposed to feel loved, accepted, and appreciated by one another. However, sometimes that is not the case. Oftentimes people talk about how the woman in the relationship is being abused by the man. However, we should not overlook the fact that men are often being abused in relationships. Though it may not be widely spoken about, the man can be and sometimes is the victim in the relationship.
Abuse is not always domestic; it can be verbal and/or emotional.
Your partner may show signs of:
- They are constantly keeping track of your whereabouts i.e. wanting to know what you’re doing, where you are, and who you’re with most if not all of the time.
- They try to control where you spend your time and who you spend it with and if you don’t listen to them, they get angry.
- They isolate you from your loved ones, family and friends
- They accuse you of being disloyal to them or flirting with others.
- They threaten to leave you or threaten to hurt themselves if you leave.
- They threaten to use violence against you or your loved ones.
- They hurt you or your loved ones.
- They push, shove or punch you, or make you have sex with them or do something that you don’t want to do.
- They belittle you in front of family, friends, or even on social media by attacking your looks, intelligence, abilities, or mental health.
- They blame you for the issues in your relationship and for their violent blowups.
- They say hurtful things to you, such as, “No one else is ever going to love you.”
Men, it may be hard to leave an abusive relationship for numerous reasons such as you may feel as though they actually do love you despite their behavior, you feel ashamed, you want to protect your partner, have a lack of resources, the list goes on. However, help from your family, friends, and a therapist can aid you through this trying time. Being a battered partner is nothing to be embarrassed about. Please don’t ever be afraid to reach out to any/all of your resources for assistance.
If you or a male you know is suffering from any type of abuse in a relationship, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or 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, please visit https://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/