Dating abuse can happen to anyone.
Dating abuse is when one person in a relationship intentionally uses abusive tactics to gain power and maintain control over their partner, over a period of time. Abusive behavior can be verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, digital, and/or physical. The following are some signs of abusive behavior:
- Checking their partner’s cell phone, social networking page, and email
- Constant texting and keeping tabs on their partner
- Extreme jealousy, possessiveness and insecurity
- Playing mind games and using guilt trips
- Blaming their partner for the abuse
- Threatening or pressuring their partner into sexual activity
- Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity
- Keeping their partner from protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
- Mood swings, explosive temper, angry at their partner a lot
- Physically hurting their partner in any way
- Telling their partner what to do, what to wear, and where to go
- Isolating their partner from friends and family
- Constantly putting their partner down
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