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The fact is that abuse and violence are never acceptable. Unfortunately, they still happen and here are some of the warning signs you can look out for:
Watching a friend go through an abusive relationship can be very scary and you may feel like you’re not sure how to help them. The decision to leave can only be made by the person experiencing the abuse, but there a lot of things you can do to help your friend stay safe.
There are many types of abuse and they are all difficult to experience. Explore the tabs below to learn the different ways abuse can occur so you can better identify them. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any form of it.
Many people in abusive relationships are in denial. They cling to the myth:
Safe dating can be described as the practice of healthy, interdependent relationships between individuals. Many relationships, however, are not safe and can lead to real emotional and physical consequences for those individuals in the relationship and those around them. But how do we differentiate between what is “safe” and “unsafe” when it comes to dating? And if we see signs of unsafe dating, what can we do?
Many people ask “Why doesn’t the victim leave? Why does the victim stay?”–it is not that simple. It is important to understand that there are many barriers to safety in an abusive relationship. Leaving is often dangerous and there are many factors an abused partner must consider in the analysis of how to respond to an abusive partner.
If you are in a relationship, look at the list below and see how many of the items apply to your and/or your partner. If two or more items apply to your relationship, you could be in an abusive relationship – or you could potentially be in a relationship that may become abusive.
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