Red Flag Behaviors

Office of Equity & Inclusion


Examples of Abusive Behaviors
("Red Flags")

Examples of Abusive Behaviors ("Red Flags") 

Control: one partner makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do

Dishonesty: one partner lies to or keeps information from the other

Physical Abuse: one partner uses force to get their way

Disrespect: one partner makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other

Intimidation: one partner tries to control every aspect of the other's life

Sexual Abuse: one partner pressures or forces the other person into sexual activity without their consent

Dependence: one partner says they "can't live without" the other

Hostility: one partner may "walk on eggshells" to avoid upsetting the other

Isolation: one partner separates the other from their friends and family