No matter the reason, abuse is never okay.
In the United States alone, around 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner. These types of relationships often lead to vicious cycles that can be difficult to break free from.
While there is no excuse or justification for abusive behavior, there are reasons why it occurs. To gain a better understanding, it helps to examine the typical characteristics of an abuser as well as the thought processes that lead to abuse.