Unlike volatile relationships, which are characterized by disconnection, violent relationships are characterized by bitter arguments and fights. Violent relationships often start out as volatile relationships that go unsolved for years. Unfortunately, by the time relationships get violent, most victims are intimidated of reporting the cases to authorities and health facilities or even leaving.
Most of the time, violence in a relationship is not obvious. Abuse is not always limited to physical violence. Some forms of violence, such as emotional violence, are very hard to identify. However, there are some key signs of an abusive relationship. They include:
- Jealousy: Constant accusation of flirting or being unfaithful
- Possessiveness: Always checking where you are, what you are doing, and who you are with.
- Threats: They may break items that you value, yell at you, or threaten to use violence if you defy their behavior
- Physical and sexual violence: They may push, shove or hit you or force you into having sex with them. They may also harm your children, pets or friends.