Physical abuse can be an implied threat, but hasn’t occurred yet.
The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique.
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They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.
It’s usually necessary for friends or family to point out to the victim that the relationship is not healthy. This can come through aggressive behavior, such as punching a wall, or maintaining a threatening proximity to the victim.