Warning Signs of Abuse

If you recognize some of these warning signs, it may be time to take action:

He puts her down


She may be apologetic and makes excuses for his behaviour or becomes aggressive and angry

He does all the talking and dominates the conversation


She is nervous about talking when he’s there

He tries to suggest he is the victim and acts depressed


She seems to be sick more often and misses work

He tries to keep her away from you


She tries to cover her bruises

He acts as if he owns her


She makes excuses at the last minute about why she can’t meet you or she tries to avoid you on the street.

He lies to make himself look good or exaggerates his good qualities


She seems sad, lonely, withdrawn and is afraid

He acts like he is superior and of more value than others in his home


She uses more drugs or alcohol to cope