Relationship abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner.
Abuse can be emotional, sexual or physical and can include threats, isolation, and intimidation.

The Cycle Of Abuse

Phase 1:

Tension build-up is were the abuser experiences increased tension. threats increase and the abuser controls the relationship.

Phase 2:

Abusive behavior is when the abuser loses control and harms the victim in any way.

Phase 3:

Apology excuses is after everything happens the abuser is apologetic, manipulative, he/she promises to change. Then the victim goes back to him/her.

Phase 4:

Calm period is were in the relationship no abuse is taking place.

Signs Your In A Abusive Relationship

  1. They isolate you from friends and family. Usually he/she wants you to themselves an will attempt to control your time or make you feel guilty for spending time with other people.
  2. They will call you names, they mean to hurt you or keep you in line. Abusers sometimes cover themselves by blaming you or saying your to sensitive.
  3. If your significant other always blames others or does not take responsibility for his/her actions.
  4. When you feel scared or are afraid of your boyfriend /girlfriend. Also if they try to intimidate you with power tactics.
  5. This goes with number 1. in where you do or go with someone else even if he/she is there they will get angry.
  6. They also feel entitled to be treated like royalty and wants you to do everything for him/her. they will expect you to do everything and will not help at all.
  7. The partners jealousy not just of other people but your dreams and goals. They get jealous of those things because he/she can't control it.
  8. He/She will manipulate, threaten to leave, and emotionally punish you for not going along with his/hers ideas.  


  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.
  • Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse
  • A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.


  • The national domestic violence hotline
    • 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224
  • Text HELP to 22522 for support
  • Anderson County/Crisis Center/800-232-8519
  • Angelina County/Women's Shelter /936-639-1681

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