Chloe* was 15 and a sophomore in high school when she started going out with Josh*.
He was two years older, good-looking, and very intense.
Domestic violence/relationship abuse refers to intimate relationships, not child abuse.
Because the vast majority of relationship abuse is committed by men against women in heterosexual relationships, this website sometimes contains the female gender pronoun when referring to the abused person.
It doesn’t take much for an abuser to get angry for the smallest of reason and convince you that you’re the guilty party.
This type of humiliation is meant to make you submissive and to control you in front of others if they know that they’re public outbursts will make you subservient to their wants and needs.
Commonly, they begin just like any other relationship or may seem too good to be true, but slowly, your partner may begin to subtly blame you for things beyond your control or pick at your faults.
This may slowly evolve into full blown verbal or physical abuse.
And sometimes, your partner may not even realize what they’re doing is wrong.
The trauma suffered in an abusive relationship gradually ramps up.