More than 1 in 10 teens experience physical violence in their dating relationships. Many more experience emotional or psychological abuse from their dates or partners.
Violence is pushing, smacking, punching, pinching, biting, restraining, forcing you into sex, bullying, name calling and put-downs, jealousy, grabbing or anything else that hurts you or makes you feel uncomfortable.
People who abuse usually come from violent homes, blame others for making them angry, don’t know other ways of handling their feelings.
People who are abused make excuses for their partner’s or date’s behavior, think any partner is better than being alone, accept the blame even if it’s not their fault, believe that if they love the abuser enough, they’ll change.
you are scared when you are with your partner
your partner controls you by being bossy, giving orders, making all the decisions and not respecting your opinions, being jealous of who you talk to
you are worried about how your partner will react to the things you say or do
your partner humiliates or embarrasses you in front of others
you are lying about how you got bruises, scratches, or other injuries to people who care about you