If you are in a committed relationship, you will be well aware that there are times when turmoil and disagreements are inevitable. You and your spouse or partner both have differing opinions, preferred ways of doing things and varying habits. However, it is imperative that you recognize the difference between regular tensions in a relationship and potentially threatening or harmful behaviors that qualify as abuse in the state of Illinois. It is also critical that you understand that while you cannot control your partner's behavior, you can be educated about warning signs of abuse so you can make an escape before your life is endangered.
According to WebMD, your partner may be much more likely to react aggressively or be engaged in abusive behaviors if he or she has a history of any of the following:
- Time served in jail.
- Impulsive or risky behavior.
- Addictions to drugs, alcohol or sex.
- Experienced abuse when he or she was a child.
- Inconsistent jobs or significant career changes.
- Depression and other mental health problems.
Protecting yourself from potentially abusive behavior is something you can be proactive about by choosing not to accept or condone any violent behavior in your relationship. You should also never view your partner as the person who maintains control or allow him or her to make all of the decisions. If you ever feel uncomfortable or question your safety, it is imperative to leave the relationship as soon as possible.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.