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Will my Boyfriend Eventually Hit me?

Hello Doctor,

I've been in a loving relationship with a man for 5 years now. I am 33 and he is 31. We are not married and we do not live together.

Lately, there have been some episodes that are making me have doubts about him. He has been abusing me verbally for quite some time, degrading me and insulting me with really bad words. But what made me become more alert was a thing that happened about 2 months ago. We were fighting and, because of something that I said, he got really mad, raising up his fist and trying to punch me on the face. It didn't happen because I blocked him with my arm and at the moment he got scared and didn't try to do it again.

I'm scared he will do it sometime in the future. That was the first time he tried something like that. Should I break up with him? Please help me, I am not happy with this situation.

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