In a healthy relationship each partner respects the wishes and feelings of the other, does not want to impose their will on the other person, and each partner feels secure and cared for.
When abusive behaviour first starts, it can seem like caring, loving behaviour, just perhaps a little over the top. But jealousy, possessiveness controlling what you do or what you wear for instance, can be a sign of abusive behaviour developing.
Domestic violence and abuse means any kind of abuse; verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, financial between members of an intimate relationship aged 16 or over, or family members. It can also mean abuse by a former partner. You don't have to be living together, or ever have lived together. You might just be going out together.
It can be hard to recognise abusive behaviour, whether you are doing it, or on the receiving end of it.
To speak in confidence to an advisor who understands call the Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 4701 505, open Monday to Friday 9am -10.30pm
In an emergency please call 999.