Recognizing Signs of Abuse in Your Relationship

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In relationships, it can be hard to see the warning signs of abuse. As a relationship grows, the signs grow and evolve over time. Once a relationship has evolved into a marriage, it can be even more difficult to identify signs of abuse and how to address it. Even though relationships are different, these are some common signs of abuse in relationships.

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Controlling Behavior

One sign of abuse that is very common across relationships is controlling behavior. Your partner may look to gain control or power over many different methods. They may try to control the household finances, preventing you from making decisions on your own. They may also try to control the relationships you have outside of your marriage and how you spend time with your friends or family. Control can take many forms in an abusive relationship, including controlling what you wear, eat, who you are allowed to spend time with, and how you can spend your free time.


Your partner may also show signs of extreme jealousy towards your friends, coworkers, or even family and prevent you from spending time with them.

Verbal Abuse

Your partner may show cruelty to you, insulting or demeaning you, both at home and in public. They may also show abuse towards your children. Verbal abuse can be a precursor to physical abuse.

Threat of Violence

Before a relationship turns violent, your partner can display a threat of violence. They may destroy your belongings or make threats against you, intimidating you with weapons.


Your partner may pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do, whether it is dangerous acts of sex or using drugs or alcohol.

Utilize Resources

If you feel that you are in an abusive relationship, there are resources available to you. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7, and there are local resources from the Florida Family Policy Council and more here.

Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney

You are not alone if you are experiencing signs of abuse in your relationship. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we have decades of experience working with our clients to ensure the safest and best outcome for them in all matters of family law. If you are considering divorce to protect yourself and your family from an abusive partner, contact the attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A..

Give us a call at (800) 822-5170 or visit us online to find an attorney near you.

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