Unfortunately we live in an imperfect world where not everyone has good intentions when pursuing and entering into a relationship.
According to statistics compiled by experts from the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, 50% of murder cases in South Africa are cases of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. Experts say that cultural and societal norms about relationships and women are highly influential in shaping behaviour in intimate relationships. With this in mind, it’s important, especially for women as they bear the brunt of abuse, to detect an unhealthy relationship and leave it as soon as possible.
Early signs of an unhealthy relationship include intense attention from a partner who puts you on a pedestal as their savior, feelings of having your privacy invaded by your partner as they obsess over your actions, other relationships and your whereabouts and negative comments about anything you do or say.
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