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Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

These are some of the warning signs. If you recognize them, it might be time to get involved.

The abused

  • May be apologetic and makes excuses for his behaviour or becomes aggressive and angry
  • Is nervous about talking when he’s there
  • Seems to be sick more often and misses work
  • Tries to cover bruises
  • Makes excuses at the last minute about why she can’t meet you or tries to avoid you on the street
  • Seems sad, lonely, withdrawn and is afraid
  • Uses more drugs or alcohol to cope

The abuser

  • Puts her down
  • Does all the talking and dominates the conversation
  • Tries to suggest he is the victim and acts depressed
  • Tries to keep her away from you
  • Acts as if he owns her
  • Lies to make himself look good or exaggerates his good qualities
  • Acts like he is superior and of more value than others in his home