Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Warning Signs

...Of Dating Abuse

* Physically hurting you
* Intimidation
* Possessiveness
* Blame
* Threats
* Sexual coercion or forcing sex
* Isolating you from friends
* Explosive anger
* Extreme jealousy
* Extreme insecurity
* Making decisions/ telling you what to do
* Doesn't let you talk to opposite sex
* Threatens to hurt self
* Embarrasses you in public
* Controlling
* Uses scare tactics
* Constant "put-downs"
* Always "checking in"
* Always checking cell phone, email etc. without your permission
* Tells you what to do
* Lies
* Extreme mood swings

These are just some of the signs of an abusive relationship. If you think you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please get help!

Brooke from Break From You, my debut novel on dating abuse, experiences some of these things. She easily shrugs them off, making excuses for her boyfriend, Drew's behavior. She wants to believe she has it all; the perfect guy, the perfect relationship, the perfect life. She wants to believe it so much she overlooks all the pain Drew causes her. She always forgives. And she loves him. Her love for him has caused her to push away her friends, and she has stopped doing the things she once enjoyed so that she can be with him. She knows it isn’t right, but she keeps telling herself that love isn’t always easy.

But...love shouldn't hurt this much.

Break From You coming soon! 


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