Dating violence/abuse affects one in four teens before they graduate high school. (+ view all statistics)
You may be in an abusive relationship if your partner/significant other...
- Is jealous and possessive; won't let you have friends; checks up on you; won't accept breaking up
- Tries to control you by being bossy; giving orders; making all the decisions; not taking your opinion seriously
- Puts you down in front of friends; tells you that you would be nothing without him or her
- Scares you; makes you worry about reactions to things you say or do; threatens you; uses or owns weapons
- Is violent; has a history of fighting; loses his or her temper quickly; brags about mistreating others; grabs, shoves, pushes or hits you
- Pressures you for sex or is forceful; scary about sex
- Gets too serious about the relationship too fast
- Abuses alcohol; abuses drugs; pressures you to use drugs or alcohol
- Has a history of failed relationships; blames the other person for all the relationship problems
- Believes that he or she should be in control of the relationship
- Makes family and friends uneasy and concerned for your safety
The first two years after you leave an abusive relationship will probably be the most challenging. We want to give you the skills and strength you need to keep you and your kids safe.
If you know someone or think someone you know is being abused, let that person know you're there for them. It only takes one person to make a difference. Let your voice be heard; let that particular person know you can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I clear my browser history?
- What safety steps should I take even if I think the abuser does NOT have access to my email account?
- What should I do if I receive threatening or harassing emails from the abuser?