What Are the Warning Signs of an Abused Person?
People who are being abused may:
- Seem afraid of their partner
- Agree with everything their partner says and does
- Update their partner on where they are and what they’re doing
- Receive constant phone calls from their partner
- Talk about their partner’s irrational behaviors
- Have low self-esteem
- Show personality changes such as being withdrawn when they use to be social
- Be depressed, anxious, or suicidal
- Have frequent “accidents”
- Miss work, school, or social occasions often for no reason
- Dress in clothing that hides bruises or scars
- Not visit family and friends as often as they use too
- Rarely go places without their partner
- Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car
If You Suspect Someone is Being Abused, Speak Up!
You might tell yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it. Just keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life. Ways you can help the person is by asking them if something is wrong, expressing your concern, and listening to them. Reassure the person that you will not repeat what is said between the two of you. Remember to offer them help in any way you can.