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Below are some controlling methods that a victim of domestic abuse wanted to highlight, from their experience, in hope that sharing these might help someone to spot a sign.

  • Wanting to be together all the time.
  • Controlling how you look (i.e. clothes, hair, makeup).
  • Excessive compliments and gifts.
  • Bombarding you with texts, phone calls and social media messages.
  • Control your finances.
  • Aggressively breaking things/slamming doors.
  • Underplaying the violence they inflict on you.
  • Silencing you when you try to talk.
  • Isolating you from friends and family.
  • Being uncontactable for long periods of time.
  • Insulting you, often passing it off as a ‘joke’.
  • Changing personalities when there is an audience.
  • Moving the relationship at a very quick pace.
  • Dismissive of your feelings.
  • Making promises to change, but failing to do so.

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