Abusers are not easy to spot. There is no ‘typical’ abuser. In public, they may appear friendly and loving to their partner and family. However, they often only abuse behind closed doors. They also try to hide the abuse by causing injuries that can be hidden and do not need a doctor.
Watch out for:
- Controlling behaviour
- Easy to anger
- Foul language
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Disrespectful behaviour towards others
- Cruelty – for example to animals
- Failure to show compassion
- Failure to accept responsibility
What causes a man to be abusive to his partner?
Men who believe they should have power and control over their women and who gets away with it, tend to be abusive partners. They are not born this way – they learned from other men that being abusive helps you to get what you want.
Abusers often have low self-esteem. They do not take responsibility for their actions. They may even blame the victim for causing the violence. In most cases, men abuse female victims. It is important to remember that women can also be abusers and men can be victims.
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