Shepherd University

SU Interpersonal Violence
 Resource Center

Relationship Violence   

Behavioral Signs of an Abuser

Intimidation: smashing things, abusing animals, destroying partner’s property, intentionally displaying weapons

Threats: making and/or carrying out threats to harm the partner, to commit suicide because of the partner, report the partner to social/child welfare, or any general threatening actions or words

Isolation: controlling what the partner sees, does, reads, etc., limiting who the partner talks to or sees

Emotional abuse: putting the partner down, calling the partner names, playing mind games, blaming the partner for all bad things happening in their life