We see and hear a lot more about physical and emotional abuse in relationships these days but sometimes we don’t even know we are in an emotionally abusive relationship until it’s too late. When I say, “to0 late” I don’t mean we can’t do anything about it, I mean substantial hurt has been caused. Despite hearing more about abusive relationships people are still unsure as to what constitutes to abuse so here is a definition of an abusive relationship.
“Relationship abuse is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviours used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner. Abuse can be emotional, financial, sexual or physical and can include threats, isolation and intimidation. Abuse escalates over time “.