Do Abusers Show Warning Signs?

There is no way to spot an abuser in a crowd, but most abusers share some common characteristics.


Some of the subtle warning signs include:

  • They insist on moving too quickly into a relationship.
  • They can be very charming and may seem too good to be true.
  • They insist that you stop participating in leisure activities or spending time with family and friends.
  • They are extremely jealous or controlling.
  • They do not take responsibility for their actions and blame others for everything that goes wrong.
  • They criticize their partner’s appearance and make frequent put-downs.
  • Their words and actions don’t match.
  • Any one of these behaviors may not indicate abusive actions, but it’s important to know the red flags and take time to explore them.

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

PO Box 236 | 710 Garfield St. Ste 218 | Laramie, WY 82073

307-755-5481 |1-844-264-8080 |