Many women are interested in ways that can predict whether they are about to become involved with someone who will be physically abusive. Usually battering occurs between a man and a woman, but lesbians can be battered, too. This document presents a list of behaviors that are seen in people who beat their girlfriends or wives; the last four signs listed are battering, but many women don't realize this is the beginning of physical violence - the more signs a person has, the more likely the person is a batterer. In some cases, a batterer may have only a couple of behaviors that the woman can recognize, but they are very exaggerated, e.g., will try to explain his/her behavior as signs of his/her love and concern, and a woman may be flattered at first; as time goes on, the behaviors become more severe and serve to dominate and control the woman. (Author abstract modified)
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Signs to Look for in a Battering Personality.