Abusive relationships, don't get better over time...
they just get longer.
Abuse can be...
Physical violence does not have to "leave marks" in order to be abuse and can involve pushing, hitting, strangling (choking), aggressive poking, punching, hair-pulling, biting, not letting you leave, kicking, stabbing, etc.
Emotion / Mental
Blaming you for his/her abusive behavior; threatening you with weapons; playing mind games; making you feel bad or worthless; threatening to harm your children or pets; minimizing or denying the violence; scaring you with reckless driving; threatening to kill you; threatening suicide if you leave; telling you how you'll be killed, if you leave; falsely accusing you of having affairs; destroying or damaging your property or things you care about; making you feel afraid; manipulating you into staying in the abusive relationship
Unwanted touching; forcing or coercing sex; refusal to use protection; degrading or humiliating you sexually; blackmailing you with photographed or videotaped sexual activity; refusal to take "no" for an answer
Obtain a Protective Order
Domestic Violence Brochures
Practical Advice for Family and Friends
Advice for Parents on Dating Abuse Prevention and Intervention