The beginning of an abusive relationship looks a lot like any other…

One in every three women will experience physical or sexual violence at the hands of someone she knows.

But there are some other kinds of abuse that can slip under the radar, and these can be precursors to violence.

If he’s controlling or possessive, if he criticises you constantly, if he needs to know where you are at all times and if any of this feels threatening, it is abuse and you need to get help.

If someone you know opens up about an abusive relationship the most important thing to do is believe them. They need to be heard and reassured that it is not their fault. Assist them in finding support and be there for them through the process.

For help, call 1800 RESPECT or visit to find out more.

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