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Relationships that hurt dating violence and abuse

Of course, not everyone with a personality disorder or mental illness becomes abusive.Fortunately, people who abuse can get help and learn how to take responsibility for how they act — and learn ways to stop.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or a combination of any or all of these.It had been a week since her dad shoved her into the wall, but her finger still hurt a lot.Amy hated the way her dad called her names and accused her of all sorts of things she didn't do, especially after he had been drinking.Others become abusive because they're not able to manage their feelings properly.For example, someone who is unable to control anger or can't cope with stressful personal situations (like the loss of a job or marriage problems) may lash out at others inappropriately.Physical abuse can be any kind of hitting, shaking, burning, pinching, biting, choking, throwing, beating, and other actions that cause physical injury, leave marks, or cause pain.

Sexual abuse is any type of sexual contact between an adult and anyone younger than 18; between a significantly older child and a younger child; or if one person overpowers another, regardless of age.

Amy's finger was so swollen that she couldn't get her ring off.

She didn't think her finger was broken because she could still bend it.

People who are abused might mistakenly think that it's their fault for not doing what their parents tell them, breaking rules, or not living up to someone's expectations.

Growing up in a family where there is violence or abuse can make a person think that is the right way or the only way for family members to treat each other.

This is also true of people who abuse someone they're dating.