HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
PARTNERSHIPS·        
  • Joint decision making
  • Shared responsibilities
DOMINATION·        
  • Abuser decides
  • Servant/Master
EMOTIONAL HONESTY
  • Feel safe to admit and share fears and
    insecurities
EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION
  • Use jealousy, passion, stress &
    frustration to justify actions
SEXUAL RESPECT·        
  • Accept that “no” means “no
  • Force partner to do things against
    his/her will.
PHYSICAL SAFETY·        
  • Respect partner’s physical space
  • Express self non-violently
PHYSICAL ABUSE
  • Hit, choke, kick, pinch, pull hair, poke,
    twist arms, trip, bite, retrain, use weapons
SUPPORTIVE TRUSTING
  • Listen and understand
  • Value partner’s opinions
CONTROLLING
  • Name calling, mind games
  • Isolate partner from friends, loved ones
REPESPECTFUL
  • Respect right to differing feelings,
    friends, and activities
  • Support partner’s goals
INTIMIDATING
  • Charming in public, menacing in private
  • Destroying property or pets
  • Making light of abuse:  “You’re too
    sensitive”
*Adapted from “Don’t Die for Love – STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,”
from Women’s Work, Public Arts Program of Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Patterns of verbal, psychological and physical abuse often escalate,
resulting in personal assault, rape, domestic or dating abuse, even murder.
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