Dating Abuse

You can help stop it!

Warning Signs

  1. Jealousy- Wants to be with you constantly, Accuses you of cheating frequently.
  2. Controlling Behavior- Pretends to be looking out for you. Acts as though you cannot make decisions on your own.
  3. Quick Involvement- Claims love at first sight, great pressure for commitment.
  4. Unrealistic Expectations- Compliments you until you feel almost superhuman, needs you to be perfect.
  5. Isolation- Tries to cut you off from family and friends. Puts down everyone you know and refuses to let you talk on the phone to others.
  6. Blaming Others for Problems- Problems during the day are always somebody else's. Anything that happens in the relationship is automatically your fault.
  7. Hypersensitivity- Abuser thinks that everything is a personal attack on them.
  8. Disrespectful and Cruel to Others- Insensitive to pain or suffering. Doesn't treat others with respect

How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Realationship

If the warning signs (above) are present, to help a friend do the following:

  • Listen to your friend and always be there for them
  • Acknowledge the level of abuse
  • Contact an adult you trust IMMEDIATELY
  • Encourage your friend to stay strong
  • Tell your friend about agencies like The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-331-9474