The Signs of Abuse

Do you even know if you are in a dangerous relationship?

The signs were subtle, but they were there. Christina blamed herself for his aggressive actions. She made excuses for him. Christina was a bit of an emotional mess, which made her an easy prey- because, sadly, no one believes a woman who is emotional. Christina was scared, yet she defended him. He isolated her and when she wasn’t isolated, he kept her leash short.

Then there were signs from the murderer. He was calm in public and angry in private. He drew violent pictures. He needed to know where she was at all times. He proposed to her only after a short period of time- not out of love but in another attempt to control her. He made Christina feel like she owed him. He showed concern for Christina but only to gain more control. He refused to accept the break-up.



The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 is 6,488. The number of women who were murdered by current or ex-male partners during that same time frame is 11,766

70 times

Woman are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks after leaving their abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship.

9 seconds

Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current ex-significant other.

1 in 4

1 in 4 women have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.


National Domestic Violence Hot line


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


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