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Who Can Be in an Abusive Relationship?

Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background.

If you are being abused by your partner, you may feel confused, afraid, angry and/or trapped. You may also blame yourself for what is happening.

All of these emotions are normal responses to abuse. But no matter what others might say, you are never responsible for your partner’s abusive actions. Domestic violence and dating violence are not caused by alcohol or drugs, stress, anger management or provocation. Abuse is a personal choice.

Whatever the circumstances, no one ever deserves to be abused.

If you are unsure whether you are being abused, visit our Get Help page to learn more about abusive behaviors or read our blog on abusive red flags to watch for. It’s not always easy to tell if a relationship is unhealthy or abusive.

If you feel unsafe in your relationship and are concerned for your safety, please call 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483). Advocates are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week. We are here to listen.