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One of the most frightening things about domestic violence — whether it be physical, psychological, or emotional abuse — is that the early signs are generally subtle. In many instances, they may manifest as characteristics that lead women to believe that their partner is loving and passionate. Worse, when the more blatant signs of abuse manifest, the victims are often in too deep, which is why it’s important to recognize the early signs. Here are a few of them:

Emotional intensity

A whirlwind romance can be a beautiful thing, but you can tell when someone is coming on too strongly. It is usually extremely early in the relationship and the intense emotions may seem completely unfounded. They may say things such as “I love you” after only a few days together or insist that you understand them more than anyone else in the world when in reality, you’ve only been on one date. It may seem flattering, but love typically doesn’t work like that.

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