Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present.
Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind. More than one in 10 high school students have already experienced some form of physical aggression from a dating partner, and many of these teens did not know what to do when it happened.
If you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, consider making a safety plan. A relationship can be unhealthy or abusive even without physical violence.
Verbal abuse may not cause physical damage, but it does cause emotional pain and scarring.
Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says.
You begin to think you’re stupid, ugly or worthless.
Abuse comes in many forms — it’s not just physical.
Remember to save important evidence such as: You should also write down the times, places and dates all incidents occurred.
Whether you decide to leave or stay, consider making a safety plan that includes setting aside funds in a secret location.
If you’re being stalked, you may be feeling stressed, vulnerable or anxious.
You agree that nobody else would ever want to be in a relationship with you.
Constantly being criticized and told you aren’t good enough causes you to lose confidence and lowers your self-esteem.