Fear comes in many forms and in varying degrees. There's the fear of irritating your partner and having another argument, the fear of being insulted and humiliated in public and there's the fear of being physically attacked. There's the fear of ending a relationship and the fear of continuing with it. Fear, in whatever form or degree, is not a healthy part of a loving relationship. Even if you haven't been physical abused, fear can erode confidence and even compromise your health [source: Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness; Help Guide].
It's common for an abuse victim to minimize the severity of her situation; however, the earlier the disturbing signs of abuse are acknowledged, the easier it is to move on and find a healthier, happier existence.
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