Did you know that about 20 people per minute suffer from abuse? As it sounds terrifying, it’s actually true, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Therefore, domestic violence is far more common than you’d think.
While it’s true that women are more likely to experience abuse (one in four women suffer abuse from an intimate partner), men can also be victims. According to the statistics, one in nine men experience domestic violence. Most of the time, domestic violence in a relationship can remain hidden, because of love or fear.
According to Carla Manly, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Joy from Fear, “It is not uncommon for a victim to confide that he or she ‘woke up one day’ to realize—with deep embarrassment and shame—that he or she was in the midst of an abusive relationship.”
However, there are some early signs that could appear at the beginning of a relationship which has the potential to turn into domestic violence later on. Read on to discover the red flags that shouldn’t get overlooked. With the help of domestic violence experts, we made a list of 15 behaviors that indicate your relationship might turn abusive.