What About Love?

It’s the month of February, and love is in the air.  And while some people are in loving, happy, and supportive relationships, there are some people out there struggling in unhealthy or abusive ones.  Here are some signs that you or someone you know may be in a possible unhealthy or abusive relationship:

  • Your partner intimidates you
  • Your partner threatens you or tries to coerce you into doing things you don’t want to do
  • Your partner often puts you down, makes you feel bad about yourself, or makes you feel guilty
  • Your partner tries to isolate you from family and friends
  • Your partner minimizes, denies or blames you for their unhealthy or abusive behaviors
  • Your partner uses your children against you
  • Your partner controls or limits your money or tries to control whether or not you have a job
  • Your partner uses their privilege against you

If you feel that you or someone you know are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship and need safety, call or give that person this number: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).  If you would like more information about resources or counseling, you can call one of HAART’s counselors at (225) 927-1269.

Barbie Hodge, LCSW 
Director of Behavior Health Services
HAART