Start 10 warning signs of dating abuse

10 warning signs of dating abuse

Holding someoneback in order to make demands, such as "You will listen to me! If you are in Midcoast Maine in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties, New Hope for Women is here to help by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-522-3304, visiting our ‘Contact’ page, or stopping by any of our Midcoast offices.

If you are in Midcoast Maine in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties, New Hope for Women is here to help by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-522-3304, visiting our ‘Contact’ page, or stopping by any of our Midcoast offices.

If you are not from the Midcoast Maine area, here are some resources that may be of help to you: the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence at 1-866-83-4HELP or via the web at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or via the web at

As this behavior progresses the situation will worsen, and the abuser may assume all control of finances or prevent the victim from coming and going freely.

A victim often has known or dated the abuser for a brief period of time before getting engaged or living together.

Create a safety plan or call someone to talk about your relationship.

You may also want to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE to be contacted to a local organization.

An abuser will blame others for all problems or for the abuser's own shortcomings.

Someone is always out to get the abuser or is an obstacle to the abuser's achievements.

The abuser may call the victim frequently during the day, drop by unexpectedly, refuse to let the victim work, check the car mileage, or ask friends to watch the victim.

In the beginning an abuser will attribute controlling behavior to concern for the victim (for example, the victim's safety or decision-making skills).

These may help you recognize if you or someone you know is in a violent relationship.