Most of us have been taught to avoid and not tolerate physical violence. We know how to recognize when we are being physically harmed by someone. And we have probably all been taught that if someone hits us, it’s abusive. But, emotional abuse is often much more confusing and difficult to spot. And typically, physical […]
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From the blog
When we think of abuse, we often picture physical injuries and violent outbursts. But, the fact is that abuse is about much more than physical violence. Abuse is a pattern of behavior (http://toxicrelationships.about.com/od/Identifying-an-Unhealthy-Relationship/fl/How-to-Know-if-Yoursquore-Being-Abused.htm) your partner uses to gain power and control over you. These behaviors often start out subtly, but can soon escalate and lead […]
One of the most important elements of a healthy relationship is the presence of healthy, well-established boundaries – the clear definition of what is acceptable and unacceptable in a relationship. Boundaries are essential, but learning how to set – and keep – them is something we are rarely taught. For women especially, setting boundaries can […]
If you have recognized that your partner is unhealthy or abusive, you may be wondering how to move forward and end the relationship safely. Leaving any relationship can be tough, and ending an abusive relationship can also be dangerous. It is important to be thoughtful and cautious about how and when you end it, while […]