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oh said that he wanted to push a glass into my face(48 Posts)
This happened about 18 months ago. We were arguing (about something minor) and he got really cross, picked up a glass (we were sitting next to one another on the sofa) and said that he wanted to smash it and shove it into my face.
He didn't, and has never been obviously violent (has slapped my hand away from something twice, occasionally pushes me but not hard).
I don't know how normal or unusual this is.
He said that he didn't know why he said it - just that he was really angry at the time.
This was 18 months ago but I keep thinking about it.
It's not normal at all.
'occasionally pushes me' isn't normal either.
It's very normal in a violent abusive relationship, yes.
the pushing is very occasional (but recent)
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
Because he just said this once, and just said that he "wanted to" - ie it wasn't a threat - I keep thinking that I should just let it go and forget it.
Occasional pushing is no less severe than frequent pushing and people do not push each other in normal life.
What is his reason for pushing you?
Not normal behaviour at all.
I couldn't forget that, it would have me on edge
It's not ok to be pushed, what did he slap you away from?
It was a threat. The unspoken words were: 'If you upset me I feel like this. So don't upset me. Or else.'
He was also priming you up to check your reaction. You let it go, so now he's doing just what hilde said - escalating.
Note that the hand slapping is a blatant form of control - 'I will decide what you can have/pick up' etc.
Don't expect it to improve. It will get worse (sorry).
what did he slap you away from?
I went to adjust the volume on the car radio and he slapped my hand away saying that he thought I was going to grab the wheel. Only the knob was on my side (ie no where near the wheel) and (obviously) I've never grabbed any part of the car when he (or anyone else) is driving and wouldn't dream of doing so.
He didn't push me for a reason. He was shouting and pushed past me to get away.
I am concerned that it is escalating.
He used to lose his temper badly every few weeks - he'd shout and swear loudly at me, screwing his face up and sticking it really close to mine. I'd then make a fuss and he'd even apologise and all would be fine until the next time. He has stopped doing this (the face screwing and getting close) but he now shouts very crossly about once a day. If I try to discuss this he just walks off and will not speak to me. If we are talking and he thinks that I have raised my voice, been critical etc he either shouts or walks off - he will say things like "I refuse to talk to you whilst you are shouting like this" (when I'm unaware that I am talking loudly - I could be but I don't think so). Or he'l walk off and say that he will come back when I am prepared to be rational etc.
We have 3 children who adore him.
I think you know you need to get away from him. What is your housing/financial situation? You might find this useful. I'll check back in the morning...
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thank you for the information
we are not married (which I know is a problem) but I have always managed all of our finances. The house is in both our names as are most of the savings (the ones that are not are in my name).
There are some shares though, in his name and he is the only one with a pension (and we have paid a lot into that).
I work FT. The main problem will be the children and access I think. He will want custody at least some of the time but will also want to share childcare as we both sometimes work away. He earns about twice what I earn but I'm not so bothered about that.
Yet again MN exhibits double standards. A little while ago a DW threatened, at a party, in a low, deliberate hiss, to stab her DH in the eye. General MN consensus was supportive, and yet, see the gender reverse and the OP is being encouraged and guided to LTB.
I never saw the thread you are comparing cronullansw. It matters not.
I can only comment on what's in front of me now.
IMO, the OP should think seriously about where she sees this relationship in 6 months, a year, 15 years...............
I wouldn't be hanging around to even see the six month development.
How long have you been together? If you have 3 DC together then I'm assuming that 18 months ago wasn't near the start of your relationship? Has he always had a quick temper or is this a change for him? I agree that this behaviour is unacceptable but not necessarily a reason to be running for the hills immediately! Try waiting until he seems calm & reasonable & gently voice your concerns to him. Maybe start the conversation with something like 'I've noticed you seem particularly stressed recently...' or maybe 'There's something I've been wanting to talk to you about but I don't want to upset you...' & make sure you stay calm & clearly explain how you feel using phrases such as 'I feel' & 'I get scared' rather than the more accusatory 'You did X,Y,Z...' You never know, he might just not have realised how his behaviour has been affecting you!
Of course, if he flies of the handle at that or his behaviour continues to escalate then I'll be joining the LTB gang! It's got to be worth a try though!
Im with jojo, unless of course, you actually want to leve him and the only significant thing you can think of happened 18 months ago and you you want us to tell you what you want to hear?
is it necessary to post all the refuge and solicitors advice on every thread?
Why not post the advice on every thread?
Its valuable information.
It's information that might help people escape an abusive relationship, what's the problem with posting it?
Does he push his mother? His work colleagues? His boss? No? Just you then?
Why is that I wonder.
Yes every thread ophelia because each op is an individual who may not have read the olgaga info post and who may find it useful as may any legion of lurker a drawn to each post. If you don't need it there is no harm in it being there but if you do and it isn't posted it won't help. The more often the better for me.
Op it does sound like an escalation and like it has been going on a long time, it often starts around pg. I think it also sounds like he is gaslighting you with all the "you are shouting" and storming off which is making you question reality of you own behaviour instead of the reality of his own (bad) behaviour.
It's not posted for your benefit, Ophelia.
It's for each op.
So sorry, op.
He has told you what he wants to do.
The usual advice is to believe what a man tells you and listen to him.
The screaming and stop talking are abusive, as is his gaslighting.
And one day, he may well do what he said he would.
He may be put in check and "behave" for a while, but he is violent and disrespectful of you.
And if that's how he behaves, he doesn't love you.
In a way, because you are not married it is easier to split.
You'll have to pay close attention to the children, because they could become the next targets.
And I think op if you have taken the glass thing as a threat it is a threat isn't it?
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