December 3, 2022

5. Dependence

An example of this includes a person expressing that they “cannot live without” their partner. They may even threaten to do something drastic to their partner or themselves if the relationship ends.

6. Intimidation

Intimidation in a relationship is when a person tries to control aspects of their partner’s life by making the other partner fearful or timid.

One partner may attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family or threaten violence or even a breakup.

7. Physical/Sexual Violence

Physical abuse in a relationship is when one uses force to get his or her way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving). They may also pressure or force their partner into sexual activity against their will or without consent.

If you feel you are in a toxic romantic relationship, it’s important to know that you can end things on your terms with the help of others if needed.

If you are ever in an emergency situation call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help with a domestic abuse situation, please contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline or call          1-800-799-7233.

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