Sheryl Cates, executive director of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, says many women may be in a potentially abusive relationship and not even know it. She says there are five indicators that a relationship is likely to become violent.
- Jealousy and possessiveness
- Controlling behavior
- Verbal abuse
- Threats to harm you, your family or your pet
- Isolation from friends and family
"These signs are not necessarily violent, but they can become violent and are precursors to violence," Sheryl says. If these behaviors are present in your relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE
to be connected with help in your area.