The victim, almost always a woman, will be expected to serve.
For instance, a male abuser will see women as inferior to men, responsible for menial tasks, stupid, and unable to be a whole person without a relationship.
A victim often has known or dated the abuser for a brief period of time before getting engaged or living together.
The abuser will pressure the victim to commit to the relationship.
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In the beginning an abuser will attribute controlling behavior to concern for the victim (for example, the victim's safety or decision-making skills).
As this behavior progresses the situation will worsen, and the abuser may assume all control of finances or prevent the victim from coming and going freely.
At the start of the relationship, an abuser will equate jealously with love.
But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
These behaviors include psychological, social, and emotional abuse, as well as physical and sexual violence.
This is a person who punishes animals brutally or is insensitive to their pain.
The abuser may expect children to perform beyond their capability (for example whipping a two-year-old for wetting a diaper or teasing children or siblings until they cry).
Teen dating abuse violence (TDV) is defined as physical, sexual, or psychological violence within a close relationship.