Abusive Relationships

Friday, November 30, 2012

There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. Dr. Edward Hill discusses abusive relationships in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you are in an abusive relationship, you may feel afraid or unsafe around your intimate partner. You could be in an abusive relationship even if your partner has never hit you. There are many types of partner abuse:

Physical abuse, such as hitting, punching or kicking

Sexual abuse

Emotional or verbal abuse, such as repeated name-calling, insults or threats, and

Controlling behaviorslittle or no access to money, limited ability to leave or enter the house or use the car

Partner violence is a crime. Its not your fault if you are being abused, so dont blame yourself.

If you are abused, talk about it with someone you trust. Make a plan to go to a safe place, such as a shelter or a family members house.

Call the police at any time you feel you are in immediate danger. You may want to get a legal order that forbids the person abusing you to be near you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.