If you are in a relationship, do you recognise the signs of abuse? People often think of sexual abuse, but there are other forms: financial, emotional, physical and verbal. Abuse in a relationship, in any form, is a destructive force.
The first step to protect yourself from this destructive force is to name it. Once you recognise something as abuse, whether it is financial, emotional, physical, verbal or sexual abuse, you can then start to think about what you are going to do about it.
The most common element in all forms of abuse is the misuse of power to control another person. Is this happening to you? If so, is there anything you can do to stop this? Talking to someone is one option, but a big step in helping this is by recognising it as abuse in the first place. Once you have done this, you have already taken the first step in regaining control of your life.
Chris Warren-Dickins BACP Registered Counsellor