This can cause problems in your relationship, or even cause your partner to end the relationship.
If your partner chooses to leave the relationship, it’s important to respect their decision.
’ isn’t so straightforward—and that’s what can make it difficult to spot.” The warning signs for dating violence can be similar to warning signs for sexual assault and abuse.
With dating violence, early warning signs often begin with behaviors that are not physically violent.
These behaviors may violate a person’s boundaries, be emotionally abusive, or otherwise controlling.
“Small controlling behaviors might not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can escalate and eventually put someone at risk,” added Pinero.
Speak with a trusted adult such as your health care provider, a school guidance counselor, or a therapist.
As teens begin to enter into relationships, it is more important than ever to talk to them about abuse.
“For example, demanding to know where someone is at all times, touching or pinching parts of someone's body in public when they’ve made it clear it’s unwanted, or controlling what type of clothes someone wears—these are all abusive behaviors that violate someone’s boundaries.” The laws about sexual violence and dating violence vary by state and situation.
The following information is not a legal guide or an exhaustive list—rather it’s a general list of early warning signs for behaviors that are, or could become, violent.
Many teens don't realize what subtle behaviors might constitute abuse, such as continued pressure by a partner to engage in sexual activity against one's will.
Teens might think it's normal for their partners to send them 20-30 text messages an hour asking where they are, what they are doing, and who they are with.