Safe teenage dating
No matter what their past experiences have been or what they have gone through, it’s never OK to abuse another person.
Drugs and alcohol can also play a part in abusive behavior.
If you have a feeling that your relationship is unhealthy because you feel afraid, or pressured to do something that you don’t want to do, you are probably right!
Not all unhealthy relationships are physically abusive.
Whether you are in a close friendship or a dating relationship, it is important for both of you to stay involved with the activities and interests you enjoyed before you became close.
In a healthy relationship, you both need time to keep in touch with and spend time with other friends, as well as time for yourselves.
It’s important to understand that not all abuse is physical or violent.
You do activities together such as going to movies, or hanging out with other friends, and you talk to one another about your feelings (instead of texting each other all the time).
In a healthy relationship, both partners are comfortable letting the other person know how they are feeling.
You might disagree or argue sometimes, but in healthy relationships you should be able to talk things out together to reach a compromise that works for you both.
There are some people who lose control and act abusively after they have been drinking or taking drugs. Just because someone is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or has a bad temper doesn’t mean that their abusive behavior is okay.
No matter why a person is violent physically, verbally/emotionally, or sexually, it’s important for you to know that it is not your fault!