Domestic abuse isn't gender specific, or purely physical. Learn the cycle of abuse and its many forms.

Did you know 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of abuse from a dating partner?

Domestic abuse is not gender specific (is not soley a female issue) and can take many forms. Domestic abuse can enter a relationship in different ways. You may find yourself questioning whether or not a relationship is actually “abusive” if it is not physical. You or someone you know could be experiencing emotional, financial, sexual, spiritual, or physical abuse. Abuse can happen to anyone at any age.

Potential Warning Signs:

  1. Checking your cell phone without your permission
  2. Isolating you from friends
  3. Extreme jealousy
  4. Explosive temper
  5. Possessiveness
  6. Extreme jealousy or insecurity

It is important to know the signs and to have some type of support system: friends, family members, teachers, or someone else in your life you can trust. You can also call the National Teen Dating Violence Helpline if you think you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship. Learn more about what a healthy relationship looks and feels like here.

EVERYbody deserves a healthy relationship!

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