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Many abusers will humiliate or embarrass their partners in public as a method of control to “prove” that only the abuser can love them.A victim of emotional abuse may start to blame themselves for the abuser’s behavior and come to believe what the abuser says.Constant criticism will compel the victim to “improve” him/herself.

You shouldn’t feel that you need to fix yourself in order to meet your partner’s standard. Recognize the signs of dating abuse and get help if your relationship exhibits any of these characteristics. loveisrespect.org, a collaboration of Break the Cycle and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, can now answer your questions and concerns via text message.

NOTE: We are re-posting this article on Warning Signs – Insults You/Calls You Names to allow you to read some of the excellent comments we’ve received from those who are or have been in an abusive relationship.

Please be aware that these comments are for informational purposes only; we cannot verify the validity of each individual comment.

If people you don’t really care about call you names, it may not be as upsetting.

If that person is your boyfriend or girlfriend it becomes a whole different story.

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