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Abuse Warning Signs

Your partner

  • Is extremely jealous.
  • Wants to know where you are at all times.
  • Gets upset if you spend time with friends or family.
  • Holds rigid expectations of male/female or adult/child role.
  • Expects you to meet his/her emotional needs.
  • Blames others and you for his/her problems.
  • Threatens you with violence.
  • There may be many other warning signs; you can phone Genevra House (705-674-2210) for further information.

In your contact with any family member, the following observations should be considered clues to the possibility of wife assault.

  • a history of wife assault or child abuse in the partner’s family of origin.
  • a suspicion of child abuse or sexual abuse in his/her role as a parent.
  • abuse of drugs or alcohol.
  • a history of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.

Such characteristics as

  • impulsiveness
  • temper tantrums
  • jealousy
  • possessiveness
  • excessive dependence on his wife
  • immaturity

Adapted Understanding Wife assault: A Training Manual for Counselors and Advocates by Deborah Sinclair M.S.W. C.S.W. pg 44

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