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Are You Being Abusive?

The following list contains some examples of abusive, harmful, controlling or violent behaviors, as well as the impacts they may have caused. If you have done anything on the list below, it is important you seek help with changing your behavior.

  • Have you ever pushed, hit, punched, kicked or choked your partner?
  • Is your partner afraid of you?
  • Are your children afraid of you?
  • Have you broken promises to change your behavior?
  • Have you ever grabbed your partner during a disagreement or prevented him/her from leaving or restrained your partner in any way?
  • Do you pressure your partner to do things your way even when you know he/she doesn’t want to?
  • Has your partner ever said “you are always trying to control me?”
  • Do you blame your partner for things that are your responsibility?
  • Are you concerned that your children are being emotionally harmed by the way you treat your partner?
  • Has your partner complained about your jealousy?
  • Do you make it difficult for your partner to see family, friends or other supports by using guilt or threats?


If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be causing an unhealthy or unsafe relationship. Please contact Emerge at 617-547-9879 or for more information about how to make changes for yourself in your relationship.  

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