What Are the Warning Signs of an Abused Person?
Someone who is 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- Show personality changes such as being withdrawn when they use to be social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!
If you suspect someone is being abused, ask them if something is wrong. Let them know that you will keep their information confidential. Then listen. A victim may not be ready to talk about it or may not even be aware that they are in an abusive situation. Expressing your concern shows that you care; and when they are ready to seek help you can give them the information and resources they need to take steps to change their life.