What is partner abuse?
Partner abuse is a pattern of controlling, demeaning, and/or punishing behaviors and attitudes with a dating, cohabiting, or marriage partner, during or after the relationship.
At its core, partner abuse is driven by self-centered motivations.
It can happen in any configuration of romantic couple, straight or gay.
Sometimes a man in a couple abuses his partner, sometimes a woman is abusive, sometimes there is mutual abuse—each partner abusing the other.
We most often think about physically violent acts when we think about partner abuse, but there are many methods of choice for controlling, demeaning, and punishing partners. Partner abuse takes on many forms.
7 forms of partner abuse:
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Abuse can range from mild to severe. Some behaviors are severely abusive even if they occur only once; others may be considered very abusive because of the number of times they occur. A variety of abusive behaviors may combine to increase the degree of abuse.
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- Ann Silvers