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Below are some methods of control that perpatrators of domestic abuse may use to control or manipulate their victims:

  • Wanting to be together all the time
  • Controlling how you look (i.e. clothes, hair, makeup)
  • Excessive compliments and gifts
  • Bombarding you with texts, phone calls and social media messages
  • Control your finances
  • Aggressively breaking things/slamming doors
  • Underplaying the violence they inflict on you
  • Silencing you when you try to talk
  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Being uncontactable for long periods of time
  • Insulting you, often passing it off as a ‘joke’
  • Changing personalities when there is an audience
  • Moving the relationship at a very quick pace
  • Dismissive of your feelings
  • Making promises to change, but failing to do so

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