The following is a list of red flags for you to notice and pay attention to when dating someone or beginning a new relationship.
Some of them are indicators that the relationship may become abusive.
Emotional abuse often begins subtly and increases in severity over time.
Batterers use emotional abuse gain power and control over their victims.
You can be in an abusive relationship without ever being hit.
Abusive partners are self-centred, immature, manipulative, can't appreciate the views or needs of others, shift blame onto others, don't take responsibility for the bad things they do or say, are possessive and treat people like their property, and put others down to feel good about themselves.
They are disrespectful and may have problems keeping their emotions under control.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied.
This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical.