There are many different types of abuse. While the more common forms include domestic violence, child abuse and emotional abuse, any behaviour towards someone that causes deliberate harm or upset can be considered abuse.

Recognising signs of abuse:

Is your relationship abusive? Symptoms of an abusive relationship may include one or more of the following:

  • physical violence including suicide threats
  • isolation which begins by monopolising the partner’s attention
  • gradual ‘falling out’ with partner’s support network
  • jealousy - asking a partner to prove their loyalty
  • controlling behaviour – controlling a partner’s friends and activities
  • constant criticism and put-downs
  • one person’s needs dismissed or minimised
  • secrecy.

Individual counselling may benefit the victim. This can help them detach themselves from the partner’s behaviour.

Counselling can help restore self-esteem and re-examine healthy ways of relating.

Issues in ending an abusive relationship.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.