If you are not from the Midcoast Maine area, here are some resources that may be of help to you: the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence at 1-866-83-4HELP or via the web at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or via the web at
The following is a list of behaviors that may indicate a potential batterer.
While these feelings can be difficult to understand, they aren’t strange and they aren’t wrong.
Love isn’t something that just disappears overnight.
We hear from many people who are in abusive relationships, and even those who have left relationships, but say that they love their abusive partner. She says she may lose her job if I don't stop bothering her at work. When she threatens to leave me I feel as if I'm going to explode.If you’re dating a ‘loser’, you may recognize in your partner some of these characteristics described by Consulting Clinical Psychologist Joseph M. This article continues with a note on dangerous versions of the ‘loser’ and offers guidelines for detachment.In the beginning an abuser will attribute controlling behavior to concern for the victim (for example, the victim's safety or decision-making skills).As this behavior progresses the situation will worsen, and the abuser may assume all control of finances or prevent the victim from coming and going freely.