If you were to ask a survivor to describe the early stages of their abusive relationship, you may learn that they initially believed it to be everything they’d ever dreamed of. Chances are they’ll also tell you it wasn’t until later that they saw another side of their partner or spouse. In a perfect world, we’d be able to spot a potentially abusive partner before we sat down for our first dinner date. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple and red flags are often missed (or dismissed) as the relationship progresses. Below are a few warning signs of abusive relationships. If one or more sounds familiar to you, it may be time to take a good look at your relationship to determine if it is indeed unhealthy.