Warning signs in dating

These are the abusive acts that are more overt and forceful, and often the intense acts that reinforce the regular use of other more subtle methods of abuse.

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.

It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.

Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.

Let's look at Katie and Brett, a couple in their mid-thirties who came to my office ready to throw in the towel because their arguments had escalated recently.

Brett reported: "Katie and I fight about everything from who is taking out the trash to money problems - we throw it all into the kitchen sink when we argue.

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.

It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.

Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want.In many cases, couples become detached and eventually lose fondness, admiration, and love for one another over time.Sweeping issues under the rug only works for so long - when couples have deep-seated resentment it can be a challenge to forgive and forget.It can be very confusing, but once you take a step back and have an honest look at what’s happening, it’s not hard to see their true colors.I was stuck in a toxic relationship when I was 19, with a guy who was a couple years older than me.