Recognizing the signs of potential domestic violence is crucial for prevention and intervention. Some signs people may ignore before domestic violence escalates include:

Controlling Behavior: Attempts to control what you do, who you see, or where you go.

Jealousy: Excessive jealousy or possessiveness, even over trivial matters.

Isolation: Attempts to isolate you from friends, family, or support networks.

Verbal Abuse: Insults, put-downs, or belittling comments that undermine self-esteem.

Threats: Threatening behavior or making threats of harm, either directed at you or indirectly.

Manipulation: Manipulative tactics to gain power or control in the relationship.

Blame-Shifting: Shifting blame for their actions onto you or external factors.

Escalating Tension: Tension building up over time, leading to explosive outbursts.

Physical Violence: Any form of physical aggression, including pushing, hitting, or slapping.

Rationalization: Downplaying or rationalizing abusive behavior as “normal” or justifiable.

It’s important to take these signs seriously and seek support or assistance if you or someone you know is experiencing or showing signs of domestic violence.