Dating abuse...it’s a pattern of behaviors that someone uses to control a boyfriend or girlfriend – where she goes, what she does, who he sees, what he wears. Sound familiar?
- Like any form of abuse, it can be…
- Physical – Hitting, kicking, restraining, grabbing or pushing.
- Emotional and mental– From constant put downs and accusations that you’re cheating to making it hard for you to see your family or friends.
- Verbal– Name-calling, berating, embarrassing comments made to or about you.
- Sexual– Forcing you to do something you don’t want to do or making sexual jokes about you.
If it’s hurtful and you don’t like it, it's abuse – and you don’t deserve it.
- Dating abuse can happen to anyone. It can go on even after a couple has broken up. It happens in heterosexual and same-sex relationships – and it can be a guy or a girl who abuses a partner.
Abuse is about one person who behaves in ways that control and hurt a dating partner.
- If abuse is part of your relationship, you’re far from alone. One in three teenagers say they know someone who’s been physically or emotionally hurt by a romantic partner.
That means you probably know someone who is being abused in their relationship.
Click here for an interactive guide to assist you in customizing a safety plan online, developed by Break the Cycle.