How to Tell if You Are in an Abusive Relationship

You have been with your significant other for a while now, and things just aren't good between the two of you. You fight all the time over the simplest things, and these fights have resulted in physical confrontations. If this happens on a regular basis, you are indeed in an abusive relationship.

About Abusive Relationships

Abusive relationships are all too common in today's society. Sometimes the root of the abusive relationship has nothing to do with the issues of the couple, but rather the stresses of work and other things such as family relationships (does your significant other get along with your family?), which result in one or both parties of the couple taking out their stress in physical ways.

An all too common example of an abusive relationship has been depicted time and time again movies or television shows. A man is having trouble with his finances, so he begins drinking, and the drinking makes him abusive his wife or girlfriend.

Alcohol is a common factor in abusive relationships. If you are in an abusive relationship, and you know that alcohol is one of the main factors, encourage your significant other to get help for their problem. If the person refuses to get help, and things continue as they are, you should leave the relationship.

Abusive relationships are not always on the part of the man, however. Some men like to date women who are dominating, but this often does not work to their advantage, because of jealousy issues on the part of the woman. This often results in confrontations about various suspicions that are raised, which is clearly an example of an unhealthy relationship.

Some relationships start out going quite nicely, and end up turning into abusive relationships because one or both people in the relationship were not truthful about who they were in the first place. For example, a woman might start dating a man who seems laid back, but in truth he is really dominating.

If you are the victim in an abusive relationship, consider how much you really care for your significant other. Is the abuse a result of recent events, or is it the person's personality? If the abuse has come from the stress of recent events, encourage the person to get counseling. If, however, the person has always been abusive, end the relationship as soon as possible.