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Identifying Abuse

  • Will It Happen Again?

    Do past behaviors predict future abuse? | Batterers are often considered individuals who terrorize, intimidate, control and abuse their partners. And, they typicall... read more

  • How Abusers Trick Survivors Into Denying Abuse

    A five-step manipulation process | Take it back. Victims of domestic violence sometimes retract their claims against their abusers for various reasons, including be... read more

  • How to Recognize Emotional Abuse

    19 questions that help identify this type of domestic violence  | It’s a common and damaging myth—without bruises, cuts, broken bones, bandages or a black eye, it’s... read more

  • What is Gaslighting?

    This type of psychological abuse leaves survivors questioning every memory they have | You’re overreacting. It wasn’t that bad. You’re just being emotional. ... read more

  • Recovering from Life with a Psychopath

    Q&A with Jackson MacKenzie, author of Psychopath Free | Twenty-six-year-old Jackson MacKenzie, one of the founders of, originally self... read more

  • My Experience With Coercive Control

    Author Lisa Aronson Fontes talks about the abuse she endured and why anyone can become a victim | In the last part of our Q&A with Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, aut... read more

  • More About Coercive Control

    Why women are most likely to be victims of this type of abuse and why they stay | In our continuing Q&A with Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, author of Invisible Chain... read more

  • What is Coercive Control?

    A Q&A with author, activist and professor Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | The book, Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, i... read more

  • Abuse That's Hard to Recognize: Coercive Control

    Intimate partner abuse that is often disguised as love | Isolation. Threats. Humiliation. Sometimes even physical abuse. These are the weapons of coercive control, a ... read more

  • The Equality Wheel Explained

    What is it and how is it different from the Power and Control Wheel? | Domestic abuse is complicated, and not everyone understands what it means if they haven’t bee... read more

  • 5 Signs of Elder Abuse

    How to spot it, and what to do about it | When thinking about domestic violence, the image of a young family often comes to mind. But, the truth is, abuse can happen ... read more

  • 3 Myths About Survivors of Domestic Violence

    It’s time to stop telling yourself these things | Myth: You deserve the abuse—you did something to provoke your partner. For Real: No one deserves to be abuse... read more

  • Is Mutual Abuse Real?

    It’s a term often used as a manipulation tactic—true mutual abuse is rare | The definition of “mutual abuse” is exactly what you think it is—when two partners are m... read more

  • Are You the Victim of Financial Abuse?

    Ask yourself these questions | When people think of abuse, what comes to mind is usually physical abuse, followed by sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. F... read more

  • What is 'Victim Shaming'?

    Victim shaming comments and questions focus the blame on the wrong person | When women began stepping forward late last year accusing comedian and actor Bill Cosby ... read more