Maintaining positive relationships with your family and significant others is an important part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. An abusive relationship will have a negative impact on your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
In some cases, it can be hard to tell if your significant other is becoming abusive. However, you can look for some of the following behaviors:
- Telling you that you can never do anything right.
- Keeping you or discouraging you from seeing friends or family members.
- Controlling every penny spent in the household.
- Looking at you or acting in ways that scare you.
- Preventing you from making your own decisions.
- Intimidating you with guns, knives or other weapons.
Abusive relationships are serious. If you think you need help, there are programs and services available.
The National Domestic Violence program provides a 24-hour crisis hotline that offers the following services:
- Someone who will pick you up and take you to a safe place or home anytime — day or night.
- Emergency medical care.
- People who will give you support and help you work through your problems.
- Legal help in the civil and criminal justice systems.
- Help with keeping your children in school.
- Job training and help getting a job.
- Help getting other services you need.
If you need help, call the hotline any time at 1-800-799-7233.
People with a speech or hearing disability looking for help can call the following numbers:
- 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- 1-206-518-9361 (video phone)
More information is also available at the following websites. Click a link below.