Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case! Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them.
Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present.
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.
If you recognize any of these warning signs in your own relationship, you can always call, chat or text with a loveisrespect peer advocate. If you are in a similar situation: Unhealthy or abusive relationships usually get worse.They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.It’s usually necessary for friends or family to point out to the victim that the relationship is not healthy. This can come through aggressive behavior, such as punching a wall, or maintaining a threatening proximity to the victim.Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family.The abuser typically shows jealousy of other relationships and monopolizes the victim’s time so that they can’t engage in healthy relationships with others.