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.
Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
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.
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.
If you have been sexually assaulted, first try to get to a safe place away from the attacker.
If you are not in control over your finances, or if your partner has removed money from your bank account, it can seem very scary to leave an abusive relationship.
There are many organizations who can help you “get back on your feet” and get control over your finances; some even provide short-term loans to cover important expenses as you escape an abusive relationship.
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.
It is important to know the warning signs to prevent more serious harm.