5 signs of an abusive relationship most people will dismiss
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If asked to name signs of abuse in a relationship, many would assume physical violence.

Domestic violence and relationship abuse are often cognitively associated with black eyes, broken bones, sexual assault, rape and even murder.

But what about the non-physical violence? Trauma, manipulation, control, emotional torture? A subtler, more insidious and ultimately easier to hide type of abuse?

Popular portrayals such as Wuthering Heights,Fifty Shades of Grey and the Twilight series fetishise a type of controlling, emotionally abusive relationship.

In these stories, a partner following you across the country without your permission, stalking you or dictating who you do and don't speak to is presented as impossibly romantic, rather than arguably dangerous.

So if there are no bruises and no blood, how do you know if you're in an emotionally abusive relationship?

Abuse is almost always power-related, but can start off so subtle that it might seem innocuous.

However, abuse can build up over time, so slowly that you wouldn't even realise at first.

That's why it's important to be aware of smaller, more subtle forms of abuse in order to prevent it escalating.

Psychology Today cites five common behaviours that could in time become forms of abuse...

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