Abusive relationship



noun

a state of affairs between two people characterized by wrong or improper action, either physical or verbal
Examples

If you feel you are in an abusive relationship, take it seriously. Talk to someone; get help.
Contemporary Examples

She had fallen deeper into depression, feeling that she was hopelessly trapped in an abusive relationship.
Whitey Bulger’s Women: Inside the Terror and Glamour of His Ex-Girlfriends T.J. English June 10, 2012

Gruelle’s story highlights the overlooked fact that leaving an abusive relationship can be lethal.
The Worst Question for Abuse Victims Emily Shire October 19, 2014

I finally realized that this was an unhealthy, abusive relationship.
Raped by a Teacher: One Woman’s Tragic Past at the Horace Mann School Abigail Pesta September 18, 2012

This is a topic that 19-year-old Jasmine Villegas, a singer and a survivor of an abusive relationship, already knows about.
Mother of Slain UVA Student Fights Domestic Violence Caroline Linton February 20, 2013

The advice given to friends and family worried someone they love is in an abusive relationship is to tread lightly.
Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse Keli Goff February 9, 2014

Are the leads in the trilogy in a healthy or abusive relationship?
‘50 Shades of Grey’ Is the Subject of a Course at American University Rachel Kramer Bussel December 27, 2012

Wynser said she first became aware of the problem of domestic violence after a friend of hers was in an abusive relationship.
Enlisting Men and Boys to Stop the Abuse of Women Caroline Linton February 22, 2013

The speaker was sharing the story of his daughter who had been in an abusive relationship.
Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse Keli Goff February 9, 2014

After a 20-year abusive relationship with her ex-husband, Michael Connolly, she finally gathered the strength to leave him.
When Fathers Kill Their Kids Cara Tabachnick May 4, 2010

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