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Abusive Relationships

Compromise as a Mutual Decision

Brita Long | Posted 04.26.2015 | Weddings
Brita Long

For the record, I'm not saying that a husband and wife both voluntarily choosing to take on traditional gender roles is wrong or abusive or even anti-feminist. I'm saying that forcing your spouse into that traditional role, regardless of his or her feelings, is wrong.

9 Signs You're In Love With A Narcissist

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.30.2015 | Divorce

Narcissists are appealing for good reason: they're charming, compelling and don't hold back on the compliments. By the time you realize just how toxic...

Domestic Murder and Murder-Suicide: It's Not About the Relationship

David Adams | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
David Adams

By relying solely on non-experts as sources of information, the media wittingly or unwittingly reinforces misconceptions about domestic homicides. Domestic homicides sometimes provide experts with the opportunity to call attention to the underlying realities -- but only when the media thinks to call us.

What You Probably Don't Know About Domestic Violence and Abuse

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ilene, 20, says her boyfriend, Matt, constantly accuses her of cheating on him, insults her appearance, calls her despicable names, and threatens to t...

ReThink Review: Fifty Shades of Grey -- Why Now?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Timing and technology may have conspired to make a story like Fifty Shades of Grey a runaway success, but its poor grasp of bondage and dominant/submissive power dynamics may send a dangerous message farther and faster than we would ever want.

The More My Boyfriend Critcized Me, the Harder It Was to Leave

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

When I fell in love with a man I'll refer to as the Greek God. When the three-month honeymoon period ended the C-word reared its ugly head.

5 Things You Must Do If You Love (Or Have Loved) A Narcissist

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 03.15.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

What is narcissism? A terribly inflated ego or sense of importance. People who believe the world should revolve around them. Who are impatient and critical. Who lack empathy. Will blame you for all problems.

The 5 Faults With Forgiveness

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The reality is, in being human we go through pains that are not excusable, justifiable or reconcilable. Yet we are taught if we do not forgive that we are, now, also immoral and doomed to live in some sort of an emotional prison of hatred and resentment.

Taylor Swift's Breakups: What Can We Learn

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Taylor Swift's use of a "breakup" can provide both a symbolic lesson and a tool for many women around the world who are entrenched in traditional feminine roles that hold them down or keep them from moving forward.

Gay Man Details The Physical And Mental Anguish Of His Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing e...

The Red Flags Every Parent Should Look For In Their Teenager's Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.21.2014 | Fifty

Parents may not think their own teenager is in danger of being in an abusive relationship until later in life, but the unfortunate reality is that one...

The 4 Terrifying Dating Secrets Abusers Are Counting On You Not Knowing

www.upworthy.com | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime

Before we jump to conclusions about what someone should or shouldn't do if they're in a violent relationship, it's important to first understand how a...

My Abusive Relationship: My Metamorphosis

Lani Buess | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Lani Buess

I questioned why I continued to stay. Was it habit? Some sadistic sense of comfort? Did I think we'd change back into the people we once were? I'm not a weak person. I grew up in such a loving home. My parents have a beautiful marriage. What's wrong with me?

15 Ways to Help a Friend in a Physically Abusive Relationship

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Gail Brenner, Ph.D.

If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, step up and do something. You will be the lifeline, the voice of support and sanity that can begin to make a difference in her life.

14 Reasons You Might Be Catnip For Asshats

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 11.15.2014 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

They don't call when they say they will. They don't show up when expected. They brood at social gatherings with friends and family. You're fairly certain they're cheating on you in office cubicles, toilet stalls and perhaps even in your own bed.

Domestic Abuse Survivors Explain Why They Can't 'Just Leave'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women

"But why would you stay if someone was abusing you?" That's a distressingly common response to revelations of domestic violence. After a video was ...

How to Spot an Abuser Before It's Too Late

Laura Riley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Laura Riley, Ph.D.

In my 30+ years of clinical experience, I've seen that abusers are often unable to solve conflicts verbally. Under stress, words fail them. Instead of using the small muscles around their mouth to discuss a problem, they lash out with large arm or leg muscles to relieve the tension.

4 (More) Early Warning Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Em & Lo | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

The silver lining to dating someone who is emotionally and physically abusive is that they've set the bar pretty low. In contrast, everyone else you ever date will seem like Princess Charming. Of course, this silver lining is simultaneously a potential problem.

An Important Lesson About Abuse

Krista Barth | Posted 07.19.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

Without a doubt, the best lesson I have learned through this life is a simple, yet powerful, truth: "People will do to you in life what you allow them...

To Keep Women Healthy, We Must Protect Them From Gun Violence

Qudsia Raja | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Qudsia Raja

Firearms-related domestic violence homicides are a serious public health concern for women in the United States who are fleeing abusive homes.

If Your Boyfriend Has Anger Issues, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to dealing with a partner who has anger issues, Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, gave us some important words of wisdom. “Ange...

What Is Real Power?

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

There is nothing more confusing in our contemporary society than the nature of real power. An ancient definition of the word power is to be able to. ...

Raising Awareness for Domestic Abuse

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Marjoriet T. Matute

As the ghoulish month of October sold colorful costumes and sweet treats, we decided to unmask the truth behind domestic abuse, and a special organization dedicated to the cause.

Look Before You Love

Renee Graziano | Posted 07.20.2013 | Celebrity
Renee Graziano

Please do not date someone out of sheer loneliness; don't get into bed with just anyone because they say all the right things. Don't sell yourself short and believe everything you hear from a man or woman.

WATCH: A Child Abuse Survivor Speaks Out

OWN | Posted 05.06.2013 | OWN

Annette and her older sister Kim say they suffered years of neglect and abuse as children because their mother, Charlene, frequently chose to be with ...