Some warning signs that your friend or teen may be in an abusive relationship:
- He/she seems socially isolated from everyone else, sad all of the time, and emotionally broken down.
- He/she has physical injuries or bruises that he/she can't explain.
- He/she makes excuses or apologies for his/her partner's behavior.
- He/she has had unusual changes in personality and appearance since he/she started dating the other person.
- He/she always seems worried about upsetting his/her dating partner.
Visit SeeItAndStopIt.org to learn more about how to recognize dating violence.
Below is a list of tips on how you can help someone who may be in an abusive relationship.
- Talk with them to find out more about his/her situtation.
- Be a good listener and keep your conversation confidential.
- Ask if there is anything you can do to help.
- Supply them with a list of helplines and resources.
- Encourage them to make their own decisions.
- Help them put together a safety plan.
Know your limits. Remember that confrontations with the abuser could potentially put you and/or your friend in danger.
Visit BreakTheCycle.org and empower yourself to end domestic violence.
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