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Ask Amy: Boyfriend’s behavior means ‘game over’

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

This is pretty much the definition of domestic abuse.

Currently, he is withholding affection. Later, he might punish you in other ways and for other reasons, if you don’t “make him happy.”

This is not connection. This is control.

Regular readers know that I rarely say this when people claim they want to work on their relationship, but – get out.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7. Their impressive website ( offers a wonderful “chat” function, available all-hours. You could “gut check” my reaction by calling or chatting online with a counselor: (800) 656-HOPE (4673).

Dear Amy: I have an older sister who has never treated me well — even as children.


We are now in our 60s and live 3,000 miles apart.

Her boyfriend's son and his fiance sent my husband and me a “Save the Date” card for their wedding.

I have only met him twice. My husband has never met him.

We have two elderly dogs that will need boarding (one in bad health).


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