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It’s complicated

Domestic abuse is a VERY tricky thing to identify. A relationship may be abusive without any physical violence, because neither partner realizes they are participating in a toxic relationship. One reason is abuse is found on a continuum, i.e. very slightly abusive to horribly abusive. It’s the mild to middle-of-the-road abuse that is hard to spot. Not seeing the problem is particularly common when both partners have come from abusive homes, because they are simply doing what they were trained as children to do in relationship and abuse seems “normal.” If you wonder about your relationship, talk with a relationship counselor. Learning to relate in a healthy loving way may simply be something you didn’t learn how to do in your family of origin. Note: Whether you see yourself as the abuser or the abused, you both may be contributing to a toxic situation.—MR

Depp v. Heard: No One Wins in a Toxic Relationship

Actor Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, the actress Amber Heard, noted that she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” in an op-ed piece that she wrote for the Washington Post. While she didn’t explicitly mention Depp’s name, he is arguing it was implied by the time frame of the alleged abuse and thus defamatory, claiming that he has never been physical with her.

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