Seven Signs of Abuse in a Relationship (and How You Can Help)

Few of us get to really see how our friends and loved ones get along with their partners behind closed doors. There are, however, a number of signs to look for if you begin to suspect that someone close to you might be trapped in an abusive relationship and does not know what to do.

Domestic violence comes in many different forms. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and emotional abuse. Barring the more obvious signs of abuse (long sleeves to cover up bruises, “accidents” resulting in frequent hospital visits, etc.), below are some vital warning signs of an abusive relationship that are more subtle, but are usually not very hard to spot:

#1) A Loved One Seems Afraid and/or Anxious to Please Their Partner in Public.

By itself, this may be nothing, but nervous energy does nothing if not draw attention. After a number of social occasions and the same subservient tensions can be felt between your friend toward their partner, then pay closer attention since this may be a sign of a much more serious issue.

People can only go so far in hiding their private lives. Sooner or later, the problems will spill over into their social lives, which is why your alertness may prove to be a godsend for the person you are looking out for.

#2) A Loved One Refuses to Ever Express Dissent with Anything Their Partner Says or Does.