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12 Signs You (or Someone You Know) Are in An Abusive Relationship

Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Intimate partner violence effects on average 20 people per minute in the United States (NCADV). “More than 1 in 3 of women and 1 in 4 of men will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime” (Domestic Violence Statistics, 2021).

Furthermore, intimate partner violence (IPV) is highest for those aged 16-24 (One Love Foundation, 2021). This age group experiences IPV almost three times more than the national average (2021). “Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abuse by a dating partner.” (NCADV)

These studies show us that you or someone you know is probably experiencing intimate partner violence right now.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

When people think of IPV, they typically think of someone who is using severe physical violence against their partner. While yes, this is intimate partner violence, it also includes a wide range of other abusive tactics that are important to look out for. The more aware we are of IPV and what it looks like the better we can fight this epidemic with educating others on showing love and respect to their partners. If you are wondering if you, or someone you know, are in an abusive relationship read through the 12 signs below.

12 Signs You (or Someone You Know) Are in An Abusive Relationship
12 Signs You (or Someone You Know) Are in An Abusive Relationship

If any or all of these tactics are being used against you or someone you know, please seek professional help. You can contact the resources below for more information on how to get out of an abusive situation. Studies show us that “only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship have told someone about the abuse” (Statistics on Relationship Abuse, 2021). This silence empowers abuse and causes it to thrive in our society. The main combat to abuse is to speak out against it and share the signs of abuse to every person you encounter. We can prevent abuse if we first know how to recognize the signs.

Never forget that you are worthy, and you deserve a healthy relationship.

At Bowdoin Recovery Services, LLC. we do not offer victim services. However, we do have a Men’s and Women’s Batterers Intervention Program (BIP), meant to address abusive behaviors and establish foundations for healthier relationships.