Profile of a Battered Woman
Do the following traits sound like you? If so, you may need help in abandoning an abusive relationship or protecting yourself from becoming involved in one.
I have low self-esteem.
I have traditional family values and believe in the feminine sex-role stereotype that women should be dominated by men, and are the weaker sex.
I use sex to establish intimacy with my mate so that he won't hurt me.
I don't believe that anyone can help me solve my problem.
I believe the myths about battering relationships.
I feel that I deserve to be battered because of my faults or behavior.
I feel guilty, but deny terror and anger at my mate.
I'm passive, but can manipulate my mate at times into being sweet to me or at least not hurting me.