Abusive behaviour can take many forms. It can include being violent or aggressive, making threats, controlling someone's behaviour, putting them down, verbally abusing them, taking or keeping money from them and putting pressure on someone to have sex or do things they don’t feel comfortable with.
If you can think of times when your partner has been scared of you or you can remember times when you've stopped them doing something that they want to do then you could be being abusive.
Abusive behaviour can become a pattern and can become worse or more frequent over time. Read further about the effects of domestic abuse.