Domestic violence rarely happens without warning.
The signs of domestic abuse are sometimes subtle, but it is highly unlikely for an explosive domestic violence event to come out of nowhere. The perpetrator may not be a horrible monster and the abuse is not always physical. It could be emotional attacks or verbal threats that destroy what you hold most dear.
The path towards potentially violent relationships isn’t always straightforward so it is important to be able to recognise some of the warning signs, or “red flags”. These could be in the form of:
- Controlling behaviours
- Belittling attitudes
- Inconsiderate actions (e.g. flirting with other people in front of you)
These are by no means sure indicators for a person who would commit violent acts but they are definitely potential signs of a toxic relationship. Recognising these “red flags” can potentially save lives, whether it be your’s or a mate’s.
I’m currently working on this “red flags” project and details will be revealed soon. Do check back to find out more.