Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.
It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.
But don’t use a long list of deal-breakers as an excuse to keep people away.
How do you know you're not picking up a club girl during the day?
The same old “maybe I will find someone who will do that instead” or “I will find someone better” story puts nothing but stress on your relationship to the point where you really are unsure of the health or condition of your relationship.
If you text your partner and it takes them ages to respond, yet when they are with you, they are never off their phone, that may be something to think about.
It's when you start having four, five, eight, ten red flags that you need to think very hard about where your relationship can go.
Sometimes they come within the first week of dating, while others don’t show their face until 6 months in.