Abused women react a certain way to stimuli in everyday life.
It can be a way to identify when a person is mistreated when they, for unknown reasons, feel unable to ask for help or see what is happening to them.
Have you ever suspected a woman was being abused when you noticed one of these signs?
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Signs that a woman is being abused
1. They try to cover up their skin as much as possible
While many women suffer psychological abuse, others are physically abused, and sometimes the bruises happen in visible areas.
If they suddenly start wearing makeup when they normally don’t, or act bothered if you ask them to show you their arm, shoulder or other part of their body, it’s possible they’re being abused.
How can we identify it? If you notice anxiety or worry in their attempt to hide their skin, or defensive, aggressive reaction.
2. They anticipate their abuser’s anger
Abused women live in a constant state of alert to keep the person mistreating them from getting angry or displeased.
For example, sometimes they’ll avoid asking them about certain things. Or, they may say things like, “I can’t go out with you guys because my boyfriend doesn’t like it.” Or “it’s just he works so much that the little time he does have he wants to spend it with me.”
We see a lack of assertiveness here, a neglect of their own needs, and a need to be in constant submission to the desires of their partner.
3. They hide information about their life
In addition, people who abuse others usually isolate their partner from their friends and family.
And when they do get time with others, abused women hide a lot of information and give excuses. That way, they don’t have to say what is really happening.
Every time they find themselves in a conversation and someone’s asking them about their life, they respond superficially and try to change the subject quickly.
This makes them live in stress and anxiety. They’re careful about every word they say in case their boyfriend finds out and gets angry with them.
4. They’re always on the defense
Just like they hide parts of their body, abused women are startled and scared when others brush up against them or touch them at all.
For example, simply touching their arm can make them jump, as if they’re always expecting an attack they’ll have to defend themselves from.
You can see this when somebody lifts their arm. Suddenly, the abused woman may cover her face as if they were about to hit her.
5. They feel burdened with responsibilities
Abused women feel like they’re the guilty ones. They often think they deserve to be hit by their partner.
This translates into other areas of their life. In general, they tend to take the guilt and responsibility that doesn’t actually belong to them.
An attitude like this means very low self-esteem and a tendency to always show a submissive attitude.
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These women are very fragile. Helping them is often quite difficult, sometimes impossible, since they think they deserve what’s happening.
Their self-esteem is so low that they hurt themselves.
However, knowing what to look for will help you to not judge. Don’t bring down a person who is already sinking even more and going through a very hard time in their life.
Abuse is still very much present in our society. However, there are more and more ways to get help for women trying to get out of this kind of situation.