Abusive partners are those that, unfortunately, have adopted a systematic pattern of abusive behaviors against their romantic partners to non-consensually control their thoughts, actions, beliefs, spirit and their body. Abusive partners may present characteristics such as:
- Subtle controlling behavior: Victims may feel wary of their partners and tend to do the things that will not get them in trouble.
- Explosive incidents: At this point, many victims will live in fear of being hurt or stay in fear of the partner’s reaction for the action. The abusive partner employs tactics of abuse to get more control over his/her partner.
- Hypocritical behavior: The abusive partner may offer flowers or gifts after acts of violence to try and convince their partner that they are sorry or are still the same person they fell in love with.
Intimate partner violence, commonly referred to as dating abuse, happens in nearly every community around the globe. While women are the most common victims of this form of domestic violence, there are also cases of men being victims of abusive partners. The gender, size, strength, political affiliation, personality, or age do not determine whether a person is the abuser or the victim.