Most people experience change in their lives once a significant other enters the picture.
Before a relationship becomes “Facebook official” (if they’re into that sort of thing), there are often clues something’s up in someone’s love life.
A budding relationship can also become apparent to acquaintances on social media.
On Instagram, a casual observer may notice someone is featuring fewer pictures of his or her barhopping adventures and replacing them with pictures of “this cutie,” “him [insert blushing emoji],” “the guy who puts a smile on my face” or — God forbid — “bae.”
Do you have a friend, family member or acquaintance who has negatively “changed” or “fallen off the face of the Earth” after acquiring a significant other?
Maybe you haven’t witnessed your friend being lambasted in public or dragged by her hair by her boyfriend, but maybe you’ve noticed she’s been more timid in social settings.
Her laughs seem forced. She’s preoccupied with something. She suddenly has a scarf collection. “She has always hated scarves. What is she hiding?”
Several relationships begin “picture perfect,” but they end up disastrous.
Unfortunately, the signs someone slid (or is sliding) into a psychologically abusive or physically abusive relationship are often too subtle for an unsuspecting person to notice.
You usually won’t catch a tweet describing what’s happening behind the scenes in an abusive relationship.
I’ve provided 20 signs someone is in an abusive relationship, many from firsthand experiences. Some are glaringly obvious, while others are not as evident to an unobservant eye.
Domestic abuse victims and perpetrators have no demographic or sexual orientation.
For simplicity’s sake, I’ll speak in terms of man-on-woman abuse or manipulation: “She” is the victim, and “he” is the manipulator or aggressor:
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