An abusive relationship is something that some people tend to think will never happen to them. In reality, there are many people who are in a relationship that is wrought with abuse, even if the person doesn't realize or acknowledge that there is a problem.
There are often some very important clues that can let the person know if he or she is in an abusive relationship. Whether the person in the relationship realizes this or if the situation is realized by an outsider, it is important that the person who is being abused takes action to get out of the situation.
Oftentimes, the abuser comes into the person's life very swiftly. Things might get serious very quickly, which might seem like a whirlwind relationship. In reality, these situations are often just a ploy to get the victim under his or her control.
Abusers are often very controlling. They might keep the person isolated from his or her loved ones and friends. It could even be a situation where the abuser formulates false situations that could lead the victim to leave him or her alone.
In some cases, the abuser will take financial steps to ensure that the victim is unable to support himself or herself. For example, the abuser might create problems for the person at work so that he or she has to quit or end up getting fired. The abuser might control bank accounts.
Ultimately, abusive situations can turn violent or deadly. Anyone who is in this type of situation should plan carefully so that he or she can try to get out of the abusive relationship. This could mean getting a divorce or walking out of a co-habitation relationship.
Source: New Hope for Women, "Abuser Tricks," accessed July 21, 2017