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13 warning signs that might lead to domestic violence

One of the biggest challenges to avoiding and escaping a violent domestic relationship is first realizing that you're in one. Here's how you can tell if your relationship is on the rocks.
Brittany Binowski, Deseret News Modified: July 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014

One of the biggest challenges to avoiding a violent intimate relationship can be seeing the warning signs early.

Many find it hard to recognize the signs that may escalate to an abusive partnership, according to Lois Collins in a recent article on preventing domestic violence on Deseret News National. This may be because many people across the country either don't understand the warning signs or don't believe it could actually happen to them.

But statistics show there may be a greater number of victims than you may think. Data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows that 1 in 4 women will experience abuse by an intimate partner each year.

That's why we've compiled a list of some of the most common, yet most misinterpreted signs of abuse in domestic partnerships. We hope that this list shows you how everyday situations in some partnerships can reveal insidious effects.

Note: We acknowledge that women are also capable of abuse in a domestic relationship. However, studies show that most abusers are male. As a result, we have used masculine pronouns to indicate the abuser in each of the scenarios below. This by no means suggests that partner violence can not also come at the hands of a woman.

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