Dating violence can happen to any teen who’s involved in any romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. But it doesn’t have to happen at all.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviours, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviours can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Below are 6 signs that might mean you are in an unhealthy relationship:
1, Constantly Checking In on You
Attentiveness is great, but not when it means your partner is constantly calling and texting you to see where you are and who you are with. Also, checking your text messages and monitoring your social-media sites are red flags as well. Even in a relationship, you have a right to privacy.
2. Emotional Manipulation
This is a range of damaging behaviour, which includes humiliating you in public to saying mean things about your appearance and weight to threatening to hurt themselves if you two break up. Emotional abuse is about hurting you with words, shaming you and manipulating you.
3. Forces You to Have Sex
Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Even, if you have had sex with this person before does not mean that it isn’t rape.
4. Stalks You
Stalking behaviour could mean showing up unexpectedly or constant phone calls, texts and Facebook messages. In some cases, some victims are being videotaped without their knowledge. This is a means of trying to control you.
5. It’s Going Too Fast
While the movies tell us that “love at first sight” is romantic and wonderful, that’s not always the case in real life, especially when it’s with an abusive mate. It’s in the beginning when the abuser can be extremely charming, but it’s a means to control and manipulate you. So don’t be too in a hurry to make some crucial decisions.
6. Is Way Too Jealous
Not wanting you to wear certain clothes, accusing you of flirting with other people or being jealous of family and friends are main ways the abuser can manipulate you. Remember, jealousy is not a measure of how much someone loves you. Instead it’s about their insecurities.
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