One in three women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of and help is available.Women Are Safe, Inc., does not discriminate in regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or marital status. The program receives funding from United Way, from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and from the Gannett Foundation through The Tennessean.Recognizing the warning signs of a battering personality can help you understand the dynamics of domestic violence and make relationship choices that are best for you.The following list has been compiled to help identify characteristics of an abuser for those already involved in relationships. Overtime, abuse will escalate, therefore leading to more severe behavior and warning signs.If your partner displays a combination of these behaviors, he/she may be a batterer and abuser: Emotional abuse can escalate into physical violence under certain circumstances.Here are some risk factors associated with an increased severity in abuse: If you recognize any of these patterns or warning signs, you are not alone.
Physical abuse is only one part of a system of abusive behaviors.
Emotional abuse often begins subtly and increases in severity over time.
Batterers use emotional abuse gain power and control over their victims.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.