Abusers prey on those with low self-esteem. This we all know. So is it possible to be a woman with seemingly healthy self-esteem to be in an abusive relationship? Absolutely. The reasons why this may happen range from you genuinely wanting to help someone to being so caught up in the positives about a person that you overlook the glaring negatives.
Whether you call it domestic violence, intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, teen dating violence or family violence, this is a serious matter. We are clear that if someone has physically hit us that we are being abused but there are more insidious ways that abusers strike. Please note: I am using the pronoun he to refer to the abuser but abusers can be any gender in relationships of any orientation.