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Who can be Abused?

Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background.

If you are being abused by your partner, you may feel confused, afraid, angry and/or trapped. You may also blame yourself for what is happening.

All of these emotions are normal responses to abuse. But no matter what others might say, you are never responsible for your partner’s abusive actions. Domestic violence and dating violence are not caused by alcohol or drugs, stress, anger management or provocation. Abuse is a personal choice.

Whatever the circumstances, no one ever deserves to be abused.

If you are unsure whether you are being abused, visit ourIdentify Abuse pageto learn more about abusive behaviors or read our article on abusive red flagsto watch for. It’s not always easy to tell if a relationship is unhealthy or abusive.

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