Warning Signs of Abuse

How can I identify an abusive relationship?

Ask yourself these questions –

Does your partner …


  • Act jealous or possessive?

  • Insist on making all the decisions?

  • Treat you with disrespect? (insults you, calls you names, makes fun of you, bosses you around, etc.)

  • Blame you (or others) for his/her feelings or actions?

  • Pressure you to do things you are uncomfortable with?

  • Use physical force (hit you, restrain you, throw things, etc.) to get his/her way?

  • Beg for another chance, especially after an outburst?

  • Constantly checks in with you, wondering where you are and who you are with and expects you to prove it to him/her?

  • Blames drugs/alcohol or other outside forces for his/her violence?

  • Threatens to leave you if they don’t get their way or to hurt themselves if you leave them?


If you answered YES to even one of these questions, you may be involved or know someone who is involved in an abusive relationship.


Read about more Red Flags here


Dating or living with a violent person can be more than scary, it can be life-threatening. It is hard to make decisions when you are afraid or upset.


Call our 24-hour hotline at 888-711-6270 or TTY 610-431-7262 and speak with trained advocates and counselors who are available 24/7.


If you are in immediate danger, CALL 911 

Call our 24-hour, free hotline 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430

If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911

If you are in immediate danger and cannot call,

TEXT 911 if you are in Chester County

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Last update: December 2019

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